A dog found abandoned in the woods in Suffield is on the road to recovery and will eventually find a new home.
Suffield Animal Control Officer Ryan Selig said the terrier mix, now known as Brooks, was the worst case of animal cruelty he’d ever seen.
“He had icicles hanging from him, his toe nails were severely overgrown and he had a leash that was binding his back legs and cutting off his circulation,” Selig said.
Brooks barked loudly until police say someone found him matted, neglected and left to die in a place he wouldn’t be found quickly.
“It’s difficult to understand why someone would do this to an animal,” Captain Christopher McKee said.
But a few weeks and a lot of love can make a world of difference.
It’s been all about pampering Brooks – giving him a new look, treating a bad ear infection, and removing bad teeth and a growth on his leg. And despite all he’s been through, Brooks is a pup with a friendly disposition and a tail that never stops moving.
And while this 7-t to 9-year-old pup recovers, police are investigating who mistreated him.
“We would like the public to help us, anything that anybody knows in any kind of commission about him or his former owners, we welcome that,” McKee said.
Police say they take animal abuse very seriously and while they work to hold the person responsible for leaving Brooks like this, the terrier mix is on his way to a better life.
“He’s a great dog and he really has a lot to give to whoever adopts him,” said Erin Simison, manager of River Valley Animal Hospital.
Brooks is set to go up for adoption in about a week.