Animal Advocates Seeking Charges Against Owner Accused of Starving Dogs


ABILENE, TX – After finding two Great Danes emaciated in an Abilene home, local groups are working hard to have the former owner face criminal charges.

According to animal advocate Mistie Boerger of Rescue The Animals, on March 8 she received a call from a concerned family member of that owner.

When Boerger arrived at the home, she found the two starved Great Danes and a third dead inside the house. The owner would ultimately agree to surrender the dogs to Rescue the Animals.

"You could see every bone and they could barely walk," said Boerger.

After the two dogs were removed from the home, one of them died as a result of starvation. The second dog was named Ziggy and is thriving.

According to Boerger, Ziggy gained more than 30 pounds since he was rescued. Ziggy will be officially adopted next week after finding his forever home.

Rescue The Animals is now working with Abilene Animal Services to compile evidence that could lead to animal cruelty charges for the former owner.

 "I'm helping them to gather the evidence they need and put it all into a case file together with statements as much as I can, " said Abilene Animal Services Investigator Justin Leleisch.

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