BOSTON (CBS) – The Animal Rescue League’s Law Enforcement Department is investigating after a paralyzed French Bulldog was abandoned in Boston’s South End and eventually had to be euthanized.
The 3-year-old female, nicknamed “French Fry,” was found in late April just outside the dog park area at Peters Park.READ MORE: Coronavirus In Massachusetts: Today's Developments
Witnesses in the park said they saw a man and woman with the dog for a short time before abandoning it. Because the couple was wearing COVID masks, it was hard for witnesses to offer a description.
Investigators are currently reviewing surveillance video from the area.
A Good Samaritan brought French Fry to a local veterinary clinic. It was confirmed that the dog has hind-limb paralysis, was dehydrated, suffered hemorrhaging in its left eye and had an elevated body temperature.READ MORE: Body Of Missing Swimmer Recovered From Hyde Park Pond
The dog’s paralysis was determined to be genetic, but because of the severity of French Fry’s condition, she was humanely euthanized to end her suffering.
“Really, at this point, we would like to talk to with owner of the dog just to kind of see what the circumstances were, what was going on at the time,” said Mike DeFina, of the Animal Rescue League of Boston. “Abandoning an animal is never an option.”
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Anyone with information is asked to contact ARL’s Law Enforcement Department at (617) 426-9170 x110, or email email@example.com.