2 starving, abandoned pit bulls rescued in Reading
Two severely starving pit bulls are fighting for their lives after they were found abandoned in a Reading home late last week.
The Animal Rescue League of Berks County carried the dogs from the home Friday after being called by city police who had responded to the home for unspecified reasons, said Liz McCauley, the league's executive director.
The owner has been cited for multiple counts of animal cruelty, McCauley said. She didn't provide the owner's name.
The dogs - one male and one female that recently delivered puppies - were so malnourished that their ribs were showing, McCauley said.
The animals are under veterinary care, she said. They're being fed gradually.
"They're not out of the woods yet," McCauley said. "It's a slow process to get them back."
In many animal cruelty cases such as pet abandonment, authorities are unable to identify the owner.
McCauley said the owner had multiple opportunities to do the right thing and turn over the dogs to a shelter but chose instead to leave them to die.
"If they would have called and said we can't take care of them we would have taken them," she said. "It should have never gotten to this."