By Kristy Mergenthal
The pictures are heartbreaking. Weighing only six pounds three ounces, the frail puppy can barely stand, her ribs and back bone exposed.
“I was horrified, I just couldn’t believe something like this would happen and in our area,” said John Wangelin, a volunteer with the Kewanee animal shelter.
Affectionately named Twiggy, the ten- to sixteen-week-old pitbull puppy was recently found dehydrated and nearly starved to death.
“There wasn’t much life to her, she was pretty beat down as far as her temperament,” said Wangelin, “The vet told me she should have been fifteen pounds at least.”
Two boys riding their bikes found Twiggy cowering under some bushes on Prospect Street. The boys went home and told their mom and she brought Twiggy to the vet.
“When animal control was called in, the Humane Society was called in to step in and help take care of this,” Wangelin said.
Twiggy died Saturday, June 11, 2011 after only gaining an ounce of weight.
Mourning her loss, Kewanee animal shelter volunteer John Wangelin is now on a mission to find out who dumped the innocent dog.
“I’m just hoping someone comes forward maybe knows where this puppy came from or possibly even seen it somewhere,” said Wangelin.
Already strapped for money, the animal shelter is now left with Twiggy’s vet bills. They are hopeful someone who knows something will give them the answers they need.
“We were really hoping for a success story, we were hoping we would be able to come back and tell the public, ‘We’ve got this little puppy and were able to bring her back to health’, but she was too far gone when we got her,” said Wangelin.
If you know anything about who may have dumped Twiggy you are asked to call the Kewanee animal shelter at 1-(309)-852-0040 or the Kewanee police at 1-(309)-853-1911.
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