A dog is fighting for her life after she was found inside a filthy Chester home, according to investigators.
The Delaware County SPCA says Precious, a 3-year-old black female Pit Bull Terrier mix, was discovered inside a flea and feces-infested basement in Chester last week. Investigators say repair workers were inside the basement of the home after a hot water heater burst. While working, they found the dog barely alive. They called 911 and the animal was transported to the Delco SPCA.
The dog only weighed 19 pounds when she should weigh 45 to 50 pounds. Investigators say Precious currently cannot walk or hold her head up. Her former owner was cited with failure to provide sustenance and failure to provide veterinary care. The dog was deliberately starved and neglected and was anemic after a flea infestation and bi-lateral ear infection, according to investigators. Witnesses also told investigators Precious had a mother that was the victim of the same neglect and died in the owner’s basement a few years ago.
Credit: Delaware County SPCA
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“We need to be their eyes and ears,” said Delaware County SPCA Humane Investigator Bill Vernon. “We need people to know we are still fighting cruelty every day, and it’s not ceasing. Neighbors need to be on the lookout for cruelty and report it to save these animals’ lives.”
“We need people to speak up for these animals, so we can save them, so they don’t die in vain, like Precious’ mother did,” said Justina Calgiano, Delco SPCA Director of Community Relations.
Precious is currently in critical condition at the Delco SPCA Adoption Center after a stint in an emergency vet hospital last Tuesday. She is receiving constant care, including fluids and a regimented diet.
If you would like to donate to Precious’ care, send your donations to the Delco SPCA website. You can also send a check to the Delco SPCA at 555 Sandy Bank Road in Media, PA 19063. Checks can be made out to the Delaware County SPCA with a note that the funds are for Precious’ care.