Malnourished and Neglected Dogs Found Off-Cape Getting Care in Brewster

BREWSTER – Two dogs are recovering at the Brewster Animal Care and Adoption Center after being found severely malnourished in Rochester.

The Animal Rescue League of Boston took the dogs into their Cape facility after they were relinquished by their previous owner, who’s now facing animal cruelty charges.

Two-year-old Bentley was severely dehydrated and emaciated, weighing just 20 pounds, having lost more than half his body weight since his last vet visit in 2017. Bentley’s body condition score was 1-2 out of 9, and he also has a number of scars on his face and ears.

Nine-year-old Ace fared slightly better, while showing signs of malnourishment, his body condition is close to normal.

“The conditions were very unsanitary and the officers reported an extreme odor of animal urine and feces was detected from the driveway,” said Sgt. Robert Small of the Rochester Police Department.

“The home appeared otherwise vacant and no food or water was available,” he said.

Both animals are now on a closely monitored feeding schedule to promote safe and steady weight gain. As they recuperate ARL staff and volunteers will work with the animals to ensure they are socialized and able to shed the fear and anxiety of such a taxing situation.

According to ARL’s shelter veterinary staff, barring any unexpected complications, Bentley and Ace are expected to make a full recovery.

The owner of the dogs, Tyrone Mendes 33, has been charged with two counts of animal cruelty and two counts of failing to license a dog.

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