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Court gives state custody of four abandoned, malnourished dogs

By Stephen Betts | Oct 04, 2018
One of the dogs seized by the state.

Washington — A judge ordered last week that the state take custody of four malnourished dogs that had been abandoned by a Washington woman.

Judge Susan Sparaco agreed Sept. 26 to the request by the Maine Animal Welfare Program for the state agency to become owners of the dogs that had been seized a month earlier at a mobile home.

The state can sell or give the dogs up for adoption. In the case of any of the four pit bull type dogs, the state can have them euthanized if the animals cannot recover.

According to an affidavit filed in Knox County court by district animal humane agent Rae-Ann Demos from the Maine Department of Agriculture, she was contacted Aug. 16 by the animal control officer for the town of Washington concerning the four abandoned dogs.

The dogs had been abandoned about Aug. 7 by Maureen Waterhouse, according to the affidavit. The woman had not answered telephone calls made to her. The person who had reported the situation to the animal control officer had been feeding the dogs, but did not want to be responsible for them.

The trailer where the dogs had been abandoned was filled with feces and trash, according to the affidavit. The dogs were very thin and three needed immediate medical attention  because of open wounds on their faces. One old dog was having a hard time walking because of numerous tumors. Another had a severe ear infection.

The dogs -- Pheona, Sky, Aris, and Cinammon -- were taken to the Midcoast Humane shelter.

Midcoast Humane Marketing Manager Jane Siviski said that three of the dogs -- renamed Gwendolyn, Genevieve, and Ginny -- are up for adoption at the Brunswick campus. The dogs are friendly, happy, social, and good on leashes, Siviski said.

The older dog, renamed Greta, will be placed in a hospice home, she said.

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Comments (3)
Posted by: Christine M Starrett | Oct 05, 2018 10:51

Disgusting!!!! I hate even seeing the pictures, I had to scroll by them! To think of someone, animal or human in pain causes me pain I can feel empathy for what their feeling! What kind of person hurts another living creature! Take the dogs away but she needs to have some type of repercussions for this type of neglect!!! Dogs are like children, helpless and rely on their caregivers to do for them. Even the abused ones continue to come back and give you love!!! Sorry but in my opinion she is a very evil person!!

Posted by: HANSCOM COLLINS & HALL, P.A. | Oct 04, 2018 15:59

I'm glad to see someone responded. I was without words after reading the article. I still am without words. Donate to your shelters.

Posted by: johanna stadler | Oct 04, 2018 13:39

please may I have her for just 15 minutes.  I have an real anger management problem I want to take out on this stupid human.  Maine is predominantly a no kill state.  Take the animal to the shelter rather than abandoning them.

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