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Malnourished dogs now under GAIN's care

Posted: Aug 07, 2018 5:07 PM Updated:

They're man's best friend, so it's no wonder passersby couldn't help by notice a pit bull tied helplessly to a tree - all skin and bones. Photos circulating on social media grabbed the attention of authorities and the dog's owner now in the dog house.

The dog days are over... at least for now. Recently, a canine was photographed - appearing severely malnourished - chained to a tree at a Barrigada home. The photos were posted on social media and forwarded to authorities. The dog - and two other dogs also at the house in a similar condition - were transported to Guam Animals in Need.

GAIN Executive Director Alison Hadley told KUAM News, "They're definitely emaciated, they're undernourished. Probably not regular feeding. They're dehydrated. It's a very common thing unfortunately we do see. Just lack of care, not the necessary TLC that they would need as regular animals."

Their owner is now in the dog house. On Monday, officers from the Department of Agriculture's Conservation Enforcement and Animal Control section effectuated the arrest.

50-year-old Leonard Garrido was booked and released. He faces three counts of animal abuse, which is a felony offense. "Guam law is actually well written. It has all the details in there including everything from room and time to exercise all the way down to they have to have access to food and water as well as bringing into the vet if necessary," Hadley added.

KUAM files show few animal abuse cases are prosecuted. Back in 2015, Steven Paul Borja was caught on camera brutally beating a pair of bully dogs. Rex and Lucky had broken legs, a fractured skull, damaged kidneys, and broken ribs.

Borja ultimately entered a plea agreement with the government - pleading guilty to two counts of animal abuse - both as third degree felonies. Borja was sentenced to a term of probation with credit for time served. He's also forbidden from working with or owning animals.

Fortunately, the dogs from this most recent case were rescued before it was too late. Hadley said, "We're really happy that the community came out in full force to help these dogs. I hope that these types of cases continue to come forward and that we're able to pull these animals into a better situation. Sooner than later."

KUAM wasn't able to confirm the names of any of the dogs. They are, however, making speedy recoveries at GAIN.

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