ROCHESTER (CBS) — it is a sight even veteran eyes in the Animal Rescue League haven’t seen too often. Two-year-old Bentley, a pitbull mix, so emaciated his ribs and backbone are all showing. His companion, a nine-year-old mastiff named Ace, is in better condition but still malnourished.
“It’s shocking, when I watched them for the very first time I was shocked,” ARL spokesman Michael DeFina.
The puppies were rescued from a house in Rochester on Wednesday, their conditions even worse just two weeks ago. They were noticed through the front door by an alert Eversource worker who was in the house to shut off the utilities because the owner was moving.
“It broke my heart,” said Susan Sweeney of all Eversource. “The poor dogs were happy to see a person which made me think they were left there.”
Sweeney claims when she went to the doorway, she could see the puppies in a delicate state. Happy to watch.
Bentley, a 2-year-old pitbull mixthat was found emaciated within a vacant residence. (Rochester Police Department photo)
“I looked in and he had been really friendly,” Sweeney said. “He was wagging his tail”
She immediately called authorities.
“We discovered inside of the home was filled with animal waste, a lot of dog urine and feces. There were a few bowls but no food or water was available,” said Rochester authorities Sergeant Robert Small.
Police were able to track the owner down 33-year-old Tyrone Mendes, they state confessed he had fallen on tough times, the puppies were neglected as a result.
Tyrone Mendes faces animal cruelty charges. (Rochester Police Department photo)
“He stated he did not have cash to care for the dogs properly. It’s too bad he had not reached out for assistance,” said Sgt. Small.
Bentley weighs just 20 lbs, though rescuers say this time a year ago he was 30 pounds heavier, so an indication of the injury he’s suffered. There was also discoloration on his head and about the ears which they think is the result of fighting over scraps of food with Ace.
Even though Mendes faces animal cruelty charges, the puppies face over malnourishment. “When they came here they had a lot of anxiety and nervousness,” said DeFina.
The goal today is to ease this anxiety, restore the puppies to wellness, and find them loving new owners.
Mendes is going to be summonsed to court at a subsequent date to manage the charges.
WBZ-TV’s Beth Germano and Gary Brode contributed to the report.