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Scituate police capture dog that may have been abandoned

Posted by Jessica Bartlett  July 19, 2013 02:16 PM

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Scituate Animal Control Officer Kim Stewart holds a dog that police believe was abandoned on Humarock.


Scituate police say a malnourished, collarless dog found wandering on Humarock appears to have been abandoned, but has found a new home.

According to Scituate Police Lieutenant Ted Coyle, a shepherd-mix dog was going from house to house several weeks ago looking for scraps.

Neighbors called to report the animal, but Scituate Animal Control Officer Kim Stewart had trouble capturing it.

“It would not come," she said. "It wouldn’t let anybody near it, it just kept running away."

Stewart said the animal was wandering around Forth Cliff, a dead end peninsula of Humarock.

“The sixth or seventh day it was going up to people’s front doors. It was a good time to set a humane dog trap. In 18 years, I’ve never been successful with [the dog trap]. But we set out some food and the second night we had the trap set up, she went in it,” Stewart said.

The dog, approximately two-years-old, was already spayed when police found her. She had no tags or collar and was not micro-chipped.

Stewart said the dog was dehydrated and malnourished, but otherwise was in good health when checked by a vet.

“She can’t tell us what her story is, but she’s definitely recovering nicely,” Stewart said.

The dog has been renamed Marina and was taken to Scituate Animal Shelter after capture. A volunteer has since taken her in on a foster basis.

“She’s with them right now and we’re hoping it will be a foster to adopt,” Stewart said.

Police were unsure if Marina was purposely abandoned, but said it appears likely, given the area. Coyle agreed that accidentally lost dogs typically have owners who come forward within a few days.

For those who find they are unable to take care of their pets, Stewart hopes they will avoid leaving their animals to fend for themselves.

“Obviously, there is a huge network of resources,” Stewart said. “Hit the Internet, ask some friends to make some phone calls. Someone will help you."

The idea that someone would leave the animal is "disturbing," Stewart said.

"All this person would have had to do is make some phone calls. If I can’t help them directly, I’ll find you someone you can…there are a lot of resources out there for animals,” she said.

Stewart did thank the Humarock residents for their persistent phone calls about the dog and the Scituate Animal Shelter for taking in the dog.

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