Dog recovering after alleged abuse in Green Bay

GREEN BAY, Wis. (WFRV) - A young pit bull is still being treated at the Bay Area Humane Society - a week after being seized by Green Bay police  investigating a complaint of possible animal abuse at and auto repair shop. 

 

That complaint was made from an individual who made deliveries to the business -  located in the 600 block of Dousman Street.  She reported to police that the dog was chained to a pole in the front of the business in 90 degree heat, its face was bloody  and the animal in pain.

 

A criminal complaint states when officers arrived they found the dog with "face, body and limbs covered in scabs and raw."  The complaint also stated police saw "blood inside his right eye."

 

But Marco Rodriguez, the dogs owner, who he was arrested and charged with mistreating animals, told Local 5 he was treating the dog himself for a skin infection, because he couldn't get in to see a veterinarian quick enough.

 

“I looked up a remedy on the internet and I did my own remedy. I would give him a bath each morning and cleaned him,” said Rodriguez. “It was not a case of full blown manage, it was a mange I was treating, but I was going off the internet,” said Rodriguez.

 

The dog was taken to the Bay Area Humane Society where doctors diagnosed the animal with a severe case of mange. Whatever outcome is decided in the courts in this case, shelter officials says abuse happens and if you suspect it - report it.

 

“If you see something out there and you even question it, definitely call Animal Control,” said Lori Nachtwey of the shelter. “These animals don't have voices, they can't tell people something is going on and they could be sitting there in that situation, just getting worse and worse and worse.

 

The dog is being kept at the animal shelter and is responding well to medical treatment. Rodriguez is out of jail on bond and will be back in court in November.


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