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Dog abandoned in plastic crate in woods

Published: Sat, September 24, 2011 @ 12:01 a.m.

By Jeanne Starmack


Sharpsville, Pa.

Who put a dog in a plastic crate, covered the crate with a towel and left it in woods along railroad tracks?

The Humane Society of Mercer County would like to know and is planning to cite the person responsible for abandoning the 5-pound female Maltese named Shelby. There’s a $500 reward for information that leads to that citation.

Shelby, who’s estimated to be about 2 years old, was found Tuesday morning by a woman who was out for a walk, heard a noise and discovered the crate in woods near Muscarella’s restaurant on West Main Street, said Sandi Drabick, executive director of the Humane Society.

The woman took the crate to a local groomer’s, and what they found inside was an underweight, flea-infested dog with toenails so long they were curling, Drabick said.

The groomer called the Humane Society and gave the dog several baths to remove some of the fleas.

A veterinarian who examined the dog said she is anemic — likely because of so many flea bites, Drabick said.

“There’s hair missing, bones showing,” Drabick said. Shelby should weigh about 8 pounds, not 5, for an adult dog of her breed.

Her hair loss is possibly because of the fleas.

Drabick said the Humane Society will look for a foster home and then a permanent home for Shelby, who’s now at Greenville Veterinary Clinic.

“They [clinic staff] said she’s absolutely wonderful,” Drabick said. “The only thing is she had an issue with the bigger dogs — that’s a fear thing.”

Anyone with information on who owns or could have abandoned Shelby can call the Humane Society at 724-981-5445. People can also mail information to the Humane Society at 1280 Dutch Lane, Hermitage, Pa., 16148.

Donations also are being accepted for Shelby’s vet care. People who wish to contribute can make checks payable to the Humane Society of Mercer County, and send them to the above address.


1endthismess(400 comments)posted 3 years, 10 months ago

Whoever did this...and you know who you are.....pay backs are a b----. Hope you end up in a cage with 3 layers of fleas, nails curled under so bad that your feet hurt and you can't walk, left for dead to finish straving to death outside in the woods and don't forget you'll need bake and dehydrate in the sun while your locked up in your cage too. Yea, you most definately are a "THROW AWAY". God took care of your responsibility. Forgiveness is not an option here you stupid, miserable, dirty, rotten disgusting p.o.s.

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2lilgandee(103 comments)posted 3 years, 10 months ago

Rescues will take in unwanted pets, that's why they exist in the first place but they are overwhelmed with dogs (cats too). If you let them know you will not take care of your pet we usually post to other rescues to find one that isn't full to foster the dog. Sometimes you just have to hang in there until a dog is adopted so yours can be accepted. THERE IS NO REASON to ABUSE or NEGLECT yours or anyone else's pets. We get one adopted and 10 (at least) are asked to be put in rescue. Before getting a pet research and understand they are not perfect just like we are not. They need taught and trained. I hope they catch Shelby's abuser/s and throw the stiffest penalty since they chose death for her, but fate stepped in for her. Thank God for putting the woman in the right place at the right time. Thank you for caring Miss.

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3southsidedave(5074 comments)posted 3 years, 10 months ago

What is wrong with this person? WOW! I hope that when you die one day, God will have mercy upon you.

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