2 pit bulls, including a puppy found near death, recovering from severe neglect

A 10-month-old pit bull that's been named Petie by animal officers remains in critical condition after being found near death with an older female dog

A 10-month-old pit bull that's been named Petie by animal officers remains in critical condition after being found near death with an older female dog in a Neptune backyard.

A 10-month-old pit bull that's been named Petie by animal officers remains in critical condition after being found near death with an older female dog in a Neptune backyard. (11/12/13)

NEPTUNE - A 10-month-old pit bull that's been named Petie by animal officers remains in critical condition after being found near death with an older female dog in a Neptune backyard.

Petie can barely move but is being kept warm in a heated cage at Red Bank Veterinary Hospital in Tinton Falls. SPCA Police Chief Buddy Amato says it's because he can't maintain a healthy body temperature. "There's absolutely no body fat on the dog," Amato says.

The adult female dog, named Baby Girl, is recovering and doing better at the Monmouth County SPCA in Eatontown. "The mother had a collar embedded in her neck," Amato tells News 12 New Jersey. "It had to be taken out by the vet."

Both dogs were found emaciated on Oxonia Avenue after a concerned neighbor reported them.

Their owner, Dathan Thompson, 23, is charged with six counts of animal cruelty for failing to feed and care for them.

"He might be looking at jail time on this because it's just that severe. There's no reason for him to let this dog get that bad," says Amato.

Baby Girl shows signs that she just had a litter, but animal officers were unable to locate the pit bull pups.

Thompson is scheduled to appear in Neptune Township Municipal Court on Nov. 21.
 

advertisement | advertise on News 12

Trending Video

The crash occurred around 12:45 p.m. Saturday in 1 Small plane crashes in residential area; pilot injured
2 Hundreds march in solidarity in Red Bank
Fire crews responded to a serious crash in 3 Driver crashes in South Bound Brook
Video: Preparing White House for new president 'organized 4 Video: Preparing White House for new president 'organized chaos'
News 12 New Jersey - Weather On The 5 New Jersey Weather Forecast

advertisement | advertise on News 12

Features

It's good to know you have Walt Kane Kane in Your Corner

It's good to know you have Walt Kane in your corner.

News 12 takes a look at the hottest Tech Check

Eric Landskroner has a look at the latest gadgets and biggest stories in tech.

News 12 On the Scene

Check out these exclusive videos from New Jersey celebs!

Sorry to interrupt...

Your first 5 are free

Access to News12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Time Warner® and Service Electric℠ video customers.

Please enjoy 5 complimentary views to articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.

LOGIN SUBSCRIBE