Blind, deaf dog allegedly abandoned by owner finds new home

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TETERBORO -

An ailing blind and deaf dog that was allegedly abandoned by its owner along a Bergen County roadway is now being cared for by an animal rescuer who specializes in hospice care.

Bruna, a Boston terrier believed to be at least 15 years old, was found Sept. 1 by a good Samaritan near Teterboro Airport. The dog initially was turned over to the Bergen County Animal Shelter.

Officials say the dog has dislocated knees, arthritis and an infected, open wound on her hindquarters.

RELATED: Woman charged with abandoning her blind and deaf dog

The dog's owner faces an animal cruelty charge for allegedly pushing the dog out of a moving car, which she denies.

Tania Connelly says she didn't want to leave the animal in her hot car, so she left her in a grassy area while she went shopping. She said she intended to return for the dog.

Bruna had no identification, but authorities found Connelly because a witness photographed her car.

The Associated Press wire services contributed to this report.

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