PORTSMOUTH – Portsmouth Police Patrol Officer 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 wagged 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 for a report of two puppies on the side of the road, obviously abandoned.
Police have nicknamed the dogs Turkey and Gravy.
“Once (Turkey) and (Gravy) got into my patrol vehicle and felt the heat of the vehicle, they quickly became more active and attempted to become playful,” said McQuaide. The puppies were transported to the Mass-RI veterinary emergency room in Swansea, Massachusetts for immediate care.
Turkey, due to its poor health, had to be euthanized later in the day. Gravy is slowly recovering to health with care from the Potter League for Animals, a Middletown nonprofit.
Gravy “follows a special diet to help him gain weight safely and slowly so as not to overwhelm his little body,” Kara Montalbano, director of marketing and community relations for the Potter League, said in an e-mail. mail on December 2. “When she arrived at the emergency veterinary hospital, she weighed 16 pounds. She weighed up to 19.8 pounds.
The Potter League vet estimates Gravy is around 1 year old and his ideal weight should be around 30 pounds. She is listed as a “mixed breed”.
Montalbano said the organization does not know when Gravy will be available for adoption, but it will likely take weeks.
The Potter League initially offered a reward of $ 5,000 for information leading to the identification, arrest and prosecution of the person (s) responsible for the neglect and abandonment of the dogs. This award – donated by several anonymous donors – has since been increased to $ 15,500.
The Portsmouth Police Department’s initial Facebook post on Turkey and the Sauce on November 29 drew more than 100 comments and more than 1,000 shares.
“This was personally my first animal neglect appeal of my career,” said McQuaide. “It was the most rewarding feeling to see the way the puppies reacted to certain tummy rubs and heat and to receive the care they needed.”
Anyone with information on this matter is urged to contact the Detectives Division of the Portsmouth Police Department at 401-683-0994 or the main line at 401-683-0300.
This article originally appeared on Newport Daily News: Portsmouth RI officer describes role in rescuing abandoned dogs