ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — Angels of Assisi saw another heartbreaking case of animal cruelty over the weekend after three dogs were brought into the shelter in “awful shape.”

Angels of Assisi says ‘Rowger’ and two other dogs were taken to the Roanoke shelter from a North Carolina rescue partner.

According to the organization, the dogs had all been living in “horrific conditions.” As a result, their previous owner was charged with animal cruelty.

“We are so glad we could help them get a second chance at a loving life,” Angels of Assisi posted on Facebook on Monday, May 2. “Rowger has a long way to go in his recovery, but with medical care and some TLC, we know he will be feeling better soon.”

Rowger’ is being treated at Angels of Assisi. (Photos courtesy: Angels of Assisi)

The organization says Rowger — who has a bad skin infection and possibly demodectic mange — is set to undergo a full exam and lab work on Monday. In addition, since he is extremely malnourished, he has been put on a strict feeding regimen to help him gain weight.

A shelter representative told WFXR News that the other two dogs who came with Rowger — named ‘Baby’ and ‘Bandit’ — are already in foster homes.

If you think you can provide Rowger with a loving home, you are asked to email Angels of Assisi’s adoption coordinators at

“Rowger’s sunken eyes are starting to be filled with hope, and we think he finally realizes he is now safe,” Angels of Assisi said. “Donations to the Biscuit Fund for abused animals are appreciated to help sweet Rowger and others recover.”

If you prefer to donate to Rowger, Baby, and Bandit’s recovery, click here to make a contribution to the Biscuit Fund for abused animals. As of this writing, 1 people have donated $475.