Puppy dies, another can’t walk after being abandoned

Two 10-month-old beagles were found abandoned along a road in DeKalb County. One since has died. (Credit: Channel 2 Action News)

One of two puppies found Tuesday by the side of a DeKalb County road has died, and the other needs care after lengthy neglect, Channel 2 Action News reported.

“This is one of the worst (cases I have seen)” Dr. Marcus Smith of Chattahoochee Animal Clinic said.

Jill Williams was driving to a friend's home when she spotted a frail puppy abandoned along Shadowridge Drive, the station reported. She later saw a second dog and then took a few pictures.

“I looked over and saw that kennel sitting behind that bush over there, so I walked over there and that's where I saw the second dog in the kennel,” Williams said.

She realized the beagles, who were about 10 months old, were sick, so she called DeKalb Animal Control. They contacted Angels Among Us, a pet rescue group, for medical care.

One of the dogs, Lorien, died, Angels Among Us said in a Facebook post Wednesday. Mirkwood is the survivor.

Smith evaluated the dogs at the Roswell clinic. He said the dogs were so malnourished and dehydrated that Mirkwood has absolutely no muscle mass, so he can't stand on his own.

“We see several starvation cases,” Smith said, “but to the extent of (being) unable to walk, that's one of the most extreme that I have seen.”

Williams said: “I don't see how people could do this. It's not right. It's not human.”

Animal experts believe the dogs had been fending for themselves for months.

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