PATERSON, N.J. — An emaciated dog who had suffered severe starvation and neglect before being thrown from a moving vehicle over the weekend died on Friday, according to animal rescue officials.
The 6-pound shih tzu, who was lovingly known as Grant in his final days, was tossed from the moving vehicle Saturday afternoon, according to a GoFundMe page.
He should have weighed more than twice that — some 20 pounds — and was covered in long, matted fur that was soaked in urine the day he was discovered by a compassionate passerby who contacted emergency officials.
Grant was also suffering from a “horrible” dental disease and had blood in his feces when he was transported to the Oradell Animal Hospital, where he underwent a blood transfusion, received IV fluids, and much-needed care and affection.
Despite efforts to save his life, Grant died Friday morning.
“It is with the heaviest of hearts that we bring you this devastating news. Our sweet Grant passed away early this morning from multiple complications of severe starvation and neglect,” Rampo-Bergen Animal Refuge, who also aided in his care, posted on Facebook.
During his final days, Grant was known as a “beautiful forgiving soul” who offered his caretakers kisses, despite the abuse he previously endured.
“Grant remains loving — his faith in people remains steady as ours diminishes,” the GoFundMe page stated.
No known arrests have been made in the case, although the Passaic County SPCA said Wednesday officials knew who was responsible for the abuse and planned to file 10 charges of animal cruelty that night.
If convicted, the person who allegedly tossed Grant could face up to $30,000 in fines and up to 60 months in jail.
“His case is under active investigation and will be pursued to the fullest extent of existing laws,” the animal refuge stated on Facebook. “If you see animal abuse or neglect, speak up and contact the authorities: you may well save a life and prevent needless suffering.”
Animal cruelty is a crime in every state, according to the nonprofit, Animals Abused and Abandoned.
If you witness or learn about possible abuse, you are asked to contact local or state police, your local animal control agency, the SPCA (Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) or Humane Society. In cases of emergency, call 911.