Shelter Offers Reward After Taking In Emaciated Puppy Who Was Abandoned At Apartment Complex

Published: August 22, 2021 at 09:33 PM Author: Penny Eims



Associated Humane Popcorn Park Shelter, in Newark, New Jersey, is offering a reward for information about an emaciated puppy who was abandoned outside of an apartment complex in Newark on August 19.

The animal welfare agency has announced the offering of a $1,500 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of whoever is responsible for neglecting and abandoning the puppy, who has been dubbed Petunia.

In a release, the shelter explains what is known about the cruelty case:

“Animal Control for the city of Newark received the call at 3:51 p.m. to go out to the Grafton Avenue apartment complex to retrieve a puppy that was abandoned. The ACO spoke to a witness at the scene who stated that when she saw a car pull in, she assumed they were dumping trash but when they pulled away, there was a puppy tied to the fence. Unfortunately, there was no opportunity to get the license plate of the vehicle.”

The puppy was rushed to the shelter, where an exam revealed the extent of her injuries and pitiful state of health from being neglected:

“Our veterinarian estimates her to be approximately five months old and sadly, she weighs just 10 pounds.  She was covered in urine and feces, as well as blood.  Examination revealed her to be extremely dehydrated, so fluids were immediately administered.  Puncture wounds were discovered under scars that were crusted over which are likely the result of bites from another animal, and her teeth are in poor condition for such a young dog.  Her overall body condition is very poor but despite this, she has a strong appetite and is grateful for all the help that she’s receiving.”

Though Petunia has been subjected to unimaginable cruelty, she has maintained a sweet and loving disposition. The animal welfare agency writes:

“Petunia has been greeting staff members with kisses and craves to be held. She is probably the happiest, safest, and most cared for that she’s ever been, and we will do everything in our power to ensure that she has every chance at living a long, full, happy life in a wonderful home once she has recovered from the terrible treatment that she endured.”

If you have any information in this case, please contact our AHS Newark facility at 973-824-7080 or email: newark@ahsppz.org.


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Melinda Shaw
Melinda Shaw
28 days ago

Know that you are loved, Petunia.

Kate Kenner
Kate Kenner
27 days ago

I always have to wonder how people can do such things and just not care. I am grateful she was found, is now getting the love and care she deserves, and will never suffer again. Thanks to the ACO and others who are caring for Petunia.

Rayline Dean
Rayline Dean
27 days ago

Our Heavenly Father, Holy be Thy Name, Thy Kingdom Comes, Thank Thee for all the blessings, Asking for Thy Help that will help somebody finding a poor & innocent starved puppy’s hardhearted torturer as soon as possible, please? For Thine is Kingdom, the Power & the Glory, Forever & Evermore in the Name of Jesus Christ, amen.

Tina
Tina
27 days ago

I truly hope they catch the SOB(s) that did this to this precious puppy. If and when they are caught, they should be euthanized. No room in this world for sub-humans like them!!!

Laura
Laura
24 days ago
Reply to  Tina

i have one better. put him in a dark cold room for a week with true dog lovers like me. punishment should 100% match the crime. maybe that would make these garbage subhumans think twice before harming helpless innocent animals

W.Wright
W.Wright
27 days ago

A pox on those who starved and abandoned this little dog- thankfully there was someone there who saw this and compassionately saved her.Unfortunately for those that are saved like Petunia there are many cats and dogs that are not and that is truly heartbreaking.

stevie gorham
stevie gorham
27 days ago

GEEZUS NO!!!! DEAR GOD WHAT IS WRONG WITH THE HUMAN RACE???

Naomi Semeniuk
Naomi Semeniuk
26 days ago

Petunia’s torturer deserves to face & live in hell!! These abusers & killers deserve retaliation & the seizure of their rights! They have no right to torture an innocent animal !!! They deserve to be locked up in a hell type of environment!! Petunia deserves the best TLC & the very best new guardian who will be madly loving her & giving her a loving forever home!

Antonietta
Antonietta
25 days ago

Prayers this POSMFB gets caught

George Wright
George Wright
25 days ago

TAKE OUT THE GARBAGE THAT DID THIS TO THE POOR PUP…MONSTERS SHOULD NOT BBE ALLOWED IN SOCIETY!!!

Loraine Pretorius
Loraine Pretorius
25 days ago

The mind boggels that we live amongst such cruel people. Poor little thing. Hope she gets better soon and so happy she was found. Such mindless cruelty in this world. Don’t know how these people sleep at night. SHAME ON YOU

Jane Triber
Jane Triber
25 days ago

You are safe now little Petunia. Wishing you a long and happy life ❣️🐕xxx

Barbara Smolinski
Barbara Smolinski
24 days ago

I want to believe that these demons covered in human skin will get what’s coming to them The gates of Hell are open to receive them ,

Rose Herrmann
Rose Herrmann
24 days ago

That vicious despicable monster has to caught and punished and suffer. Thank you for rescuing such a sweet girl

Monica
Monica
24 days ago

Sadly…Petunia’s horrible former owner(s) will probably never be found or punished for their cruelty…But the Good Lord led her rescuers to find her and will surely ALSO find a forever home for her !!! She is Blessed !!!

Sherry Mainquist
Sherry Mainquist
24 days ago

Bless all of you for caring and loving her…God bless…

Jaime Perez
Jaime Perez
24 days ago

I really hope the authorities find whoever did this to Petunia. She’s just a baby. How can anyone be so cruel and heartless to do such a horrible thing to an innocent baby? May this foul person have nothing but misery in their worthless life.

Natasha
Natasha
24 days ago

This asshole or assholes who did this should die. People are shit

Laura
Laura
24 days ago

For those of us who are flowing and shared this angel’s story, hopefully we will get updates.

gaidheal
gaidheal
23 days ago

awww sweet life you didnt deserve the evil that happened to you….but look at you now..you are safe you are loved go live now xoxox let kharma deal with those sociopathic scum

Farrugia
Farrugia
23 days ago

Il est où ce pauvre petit trésor ?😪