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DANVILLE, Va. (WFXR) — A dog is facing a long road to recovery after he was found emaciated several weeks ago in Danville, but at least now he can recover in the custody of the Danville Area Humane Society.
The Danville Humane Society says Animal Control Officers Crowder and Black were dispatched to a call about a dog in “terrible condition” on North Main Street.
After the dog was seized on March 19, the humane society petitioned the General District Court to take custody of the dog.
Both owners had moved away, but the humane society reportedly gave notice of the hearing in the Register & Bee on Wednesday, March 31.
According to the organization, during the civil hearing on Friday, April 2, Judge Robert Adams gave the Danville Humane Society custody of the dog after the owners did not appear.
In addition, criminal charges are reportedly pending.
However, the humane society says no adoption decision can be made until after the 10-day right to appeal time is up.
“Sadly, we have hundreds of graphic pictures in our files of abused/tortured dogs and cats. The memories and the reality of what we see are what keep us committed to finding the best homes possible for the animals who come into our care,” the Danville Area Humane Society said in a Facebook post on Friday. “The board and staff members speak with the same voice — we must have a screening process for adoption homes. First come, first served is simply not good enough.”
The organization says “Prince” had to have surgery on his hips in order to repair the damage caused by pressure sores resulting from his emaciated condition.
“He is a wonderful, wonderful Bichon Frise,” the Danville Area Humane Society told WFXR News. “We give him time outside of his cage; however, his surgical wounds haven’t healed yet. The damage was horrible.”
According to the humane society, Prince has a long road to recovery, which may require additional surgery.