Portsmouth officer describes rescue of abandoned dog

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PORTSMOUTH – Portsmouth Police Patrol Constable Caleb McQuaide first put his hand near the puppies to see if they were friendly.

The two dogs – huddled together – were emaciated, ‘extremely lethargic’ and covered in feces and urine, but they waggled their tails when McQuaide reached out, he wrote in an email to the Daily News.

McQuaide was one of the officers who responded to the Linden Lane area on Thanksgiving morning to a report of two puppies on the side of the road, obviously abandoned.

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A one-year-old mixed-breed dog nicknamed Gravy was rescued on Thanksgiving morning by Portsmouth Police Department.

The police nicknamed the dogs Turkey and Gravy.

Previously: Portsmouth Police seek information on abandoned dogs on Thanksgiving

“Once (Turkey) and (Gravy) got into my patrol vehicle and felt the heat from the vehicle, they quickly became more active and tried to get playful,” McQuaide said. The puppies were transported to Mass-RI Veterinary ER in Swansea, Massachusetts, for immediate care.

Turkey, due to poor health, had to be euthanized later that day. Gravy slowly regains his health under the care of the Potter League for Animals, a non-profit organization in Middletown.

The sauce “is on a special diet to help her gain weight safely and slowly so it doesn’t overwhelm her little body,” said Kara Montalbano, director of marketing and community relations for the Potter League, in an email. e-mail on December 2. arrived at the emergency animal hospital, she weighed 16 pounds. She weighs up to 19.8 pounds.

The Potter League vet estimates that Gravy is about 1 year old and her ideal weight should be around 30 pounds. She is listed as a “mixed breed”.

Gravy, a year-old dog abandoned on Thanksgiving Day, is gaining weight after being rescued.

Gravy, a year-old dog abandoned on Thanksgiving Day, is gaining weight after being rescued.

Montalbano said the organization doesn’t know when Gravy will be available for adoption, but it will likely be weeks.

The Potter League initially offered a $5,000 reward for information leading to the identification, arrest, and prosecution of the person(s) responsible for the neglect and abandonment of the dogs. That reward — donated by several anonymous donors — has since been increased to $15,500.

The Portsmouth Police Department’s first Facebook post about Turkey and Sauce on November 29 garnered over 100 comments and over 1,000 shares.

According to the police, these two dogs, nicknamed Gravy and Turkey, were abandoned on Thanksgiving Day.

According to the police, these two dogs, nicknamed Gravy and Turkey, were abandoned on Thanksgiving Day.

“This was personally my first animal neglect call of my career,” McQuaide said. “It was the most rewarding feeling to see how the puppies reacted to some belly rubs and heat and getting the care they needed.”

Anyone with information about this case is asked to contact the Portsmouth Police Department’s Detective Division at 401-683-0994 or the general line at 401-683-0300.

This article originally appeared on Newport Daily News: Portsmouth RI officer describes role in rescuing abandoned dogs

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