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."
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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.