Guam Animals In Need has reported a new case of animal cruelty involving a 3-year old pitbull named Bruno, leading to an arrest on animal cruelty charges.
On Wednesday, July 3, Department of Agriculture Animal Control Officers responded to a tip of suspected animal cruelty at a Dededo home.
Upon investigating, the officers found two chained and severely emaciated dogs. The Guam Police Department was contacted, and an arrest was made for animal cruelty.
The dogs were taken to the GAIN animal shelter. The pitbull suffered from numerous health problems due to neglect, including end-stage heart failure. It is unclear why the pitbull’s ears were missing.
According to GAIN, two veterinarians examined Bruno, and determined there were no medically viable options available to save his life. The pitbull was euthanized to end his suffering.
The other seized dog, a smaller boonie mix named Uno, is still alive and recovering from severe emaciation.
“This is heartbreaking. How can any pet owner go about their life, day-in and day-out, and ignore the suffering they cause, that’s right in front of them?” said GAIN Board President, Cyrus Luhr in a news release. “There’s no excuse for neglect this evil. We demand accountability.”
“We cannot allow abuse like this to persist in our community,” said Department of Agriculture Director Chelsa Muna-Brecht. “Our Animal Control Officers work hard with very limited resources. Thanks to their efforts, and our partnership with GPD and GAIN, we will continue to fight animal abuse on Guam,” she said.
“Even after all he was put through, Bruno was still gentle and trusting of people. He should never have suffered the way he did. We thank Animal Control and GPD for their important work on this case,” Luhr added.