The following was submitted by the MSPCA:
Three Lhasa Apso-mix dogs were surrendered to the MSPCA-Nevins Farm in Methuen on May 7 with fur so matted and nails so ingrown that they could not walk, the organization announced.
The dogs were initially turned over to the Haverhill animal control officer after their previous owner refused to provide them with minimum standards of care, according to the MSPCA.
The MSPCA’s Law Enforcement Department is investigating and expects to bring charges against the animals’ previous owners, who have not yet been identified.
The dogs, which include mom “Cinderella,” age 7, and her two daughters “Anastasia” and “Drizella,” both 6, are recovering from their ordeal. Upon intake the dogs’ fur was shaved and their nails were trimmed. They have also required extensive dental work to repair their teeth, which deteriorated due to lack of care.
According to Nevins Farm director Mike Keiley, both Anastasia and Drizella also have eye issues which are serious but treatable. The veterinary team concluded that their mother, Cinderella, is blind.
“These dogs were in terrible overall condition and it was obvious at first sight that they have gone very long periods without necessary veterinary care,” he said. “Their lives have been marked by neglect and we’re going to do all we can to get them well and get them into the loving homes that they deserve.”
The dogs were professionally shaved by the skilled team at the Grooming Emporium, the Lowell-based team that often volunteers its services for homeless animals. Their grotesquely overgrown nails also were trimmed. And despite the suffering and neglect they endured for years, their behavior assessment revealed that all three are friendly and social, making them prime candidates for adoption.
Keiley is confident the dogs will have a very bright future. Drizella, in fact, has already been claimed by a new owner and left Monday for her forever home. Cinderella and Anastasia remain at Nevins Farm.
“Lhasa Apsos are wonderful dogs, small enough for those living in tight spaces and very loyal and loving to those close to them,” added Keiley. Keiley also said it is relatively rare for Lhasa Apso-type dogs to be surrendered to the shelter, making them highly desirable.
The MSPCA-Angell’s three statewide animal care and adoption centers take in, and place into new homes, thousands of homeless dogs, cats, and other animals every year. Anastasia, Cinderella, and Drizella represent just some of the many animals who arrive every day, and whose futures are brighter as a result of the care they receive.
Marte, the young cat found tied to a radiator by a shoestring when a Lawrence animal control officer seized him Jan. 24, has been adopted.
Erin Backkom of Portsmouth, N.H., who has been fostering the 7-month-old cat since his recovery from surgery at the MSPCA’s Angell Animal Medical Center, has decided to make him a permanent member of her household.
Marte underwent extensive surgery at the Angell center in Boston two days after being removed from the home. His owner, whose identity is not being released, is facing felony animal cruelty charges for failing to provide necessary veterinary care.
Preliminary exams at the MSPCA-Nevins Farm in Methuen - where the cat was taken after being removed from the Lawrence home - showed he had swallowed a string weeks earlier, which had caused severe internal injury, according to MSPCA spokesman Rob Halpin. He was immediately transferred to Angell.
During the surgery, doctors removed nearly half of Marte's intestines because they were so damaged by the string that he had swallowed.
Surgeon Andrew Goodman also had to re-route his gall bladder so that excess bile could continue to drain properly from his body.
After recovering at Angell for a day, Marte was moved back to MSPCA-Nevins Farm, and soon went into foster care with Backkom.
"We are thrilled that he is in a forever home, one that he so deserves," said Halpin.
The following was submitted by the MSPCA:
The MSPCA-Angell’s Law Enforcement department announced Monday it has charged Dean Manual of Ludlow with 36 counts of animal cruelty after seizing 35 animals from his property last Friday.
Manual, 43, also faces two counts of assault and battery on a police officer and one count of resisting arrest. His arraignment has been scheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 12.
The animals seized include: four donkeys; eight ponies; six pigs (including three piglets); four goats; four alpacas; four ducks; two sheep; one goose; one emu and a rabbit.
The MSPCA combined forces with the Animal Rescue League of Boston to remove the animals. Twelve animals — including donkeys, ponies, goats, and sheep — were taken to the Animal Rescue League’s facility in Dedham. The rest were taken to the MSPCA-Nevins Farm in Methuen.
The majority of the animals are underweight — including a severely emaciated pony who will be placed on a monitored re-feeding program. Some of the ponies have overgrown hooves and all of the animals will undergo further veterinary exams to assess other health issues that must be treated.
One alpaca was so weak that he could not stand on his own and was sent to the Tufts veterinary center in Grafton. The animal remains in the critical care unit while veterinarians determine the full extent of his health issues and how they may be treated.
The MSPCA-Nevins Farm has set up a donation page to enable members of the community to contribute to the care of animals.
The MSPCA previously charged Manual with 10 separate counts of animal cruelty after a Dec. 9 inspection of his property by officer Christine Allenberg found ponies and donkeys living in pens with no food or water, and no protection from the elements. The animals were wet and covered with ice and snow. Officer Allenberg gave Manual until Dec. 17 to build a shelter and charged him when he failed to meet the deadline.
Manual denied the charges at his Dec. 23 arraignment and was scheduled to appear in court on March 5 on those charges.
“Our primary concern now is the health and well-being of these animals — and we’ll do everything we can to help them regain their health,” said Officer Allenberg. “And, simultaneously, we will vigorously pursue justice as we do with every cruelty investigation we take on.”