AVON – Two people have been arrested after one of their dogs apparently escaped from their backyard and was picked up by a Livonia resident Alen Pease, starved and aimlessly wandering the shoulder of 5&20.
Pease stated that after he found the dog, whom he named ‘Lucky,’ he rushed him to Livonia Animal Care Facility, where the dog received medical treatment including IV’s.
“When I picked him up, I think he was just ready to lay down and die,” said Pease. “He looked lost.”
The dog’s owners apparently had been keeping the dog tied up behind their house for long periods of time, and neighbors told Pease that they saw the dog tied up behind the house all the time.
“He was tied up behind the house so you can’t see it from the road, but the neighbors sure could,” said Kathryn Boor, a volunteer with Going to the Dogs Rescue in Perry. “Why wouldn’t they call? It’s one call.”
The two residents, Christopher Thornton and Hannah Rowlinson, possess a second dog, and investigating Deputies did not find any infractions in how this other dog was being treated.
Boor added that Pease wants to adopt ‘Lucky’ once he is lucky enough to leave the vet, but in her experience with Going to the Dogs, it can be very complicated to rehabilitate dogs that have been abused. Boor said that the Sheriff’s Office later contacted Pease to inform him of the arrests.
“Alen is hoping to adopt the dog later,” said Boor. “But the sad reality is that when a dog has been abused or neglected that bad, there can be issues with behavior or anxiety that can be hard to deal with. Then again, of course some badly abused dogs can go on to live balanced, lives without any issues at all.”
Anyone who witnesses animal abuse can call the Sheriff’s Office at (585) 243-7100.
PHOTO CAPTION: Top – The dog after medical treatment at ‘Lucky’ in Pease’s car after being picked up from the road. (Photo/Alen Pease)