“She wants love”: dogs rescued on Thanksgiving after being abandoned in park

PORTSMOUTH, R.I. (WLNE) – Portsmouth Police are seeking information about two dogs that were found abandoned in a park on Thanksgiving Day.

According to police, they received a call around 7:00 a.m. on Thanksgiving about two severely malnourished dogs found alone on the side of the road at the Gardner Seventy Sports Complex. Police say they rescued the two dogs, later named “Turkey” and “Gravy” and rushed them to the animal hospital where they received treatment for neglect.

Police say they were later notified that veterinarians needed to euthanize Turkey due to her poor health conditions. Her sister, Gravy, was treated and taken to the Potter League for Animals where she is now recovering.

“You sit down with her and she just curls right up, she wants attention, she really constantly is just soliciting people to pet on her and love on her,” Brad Shear, CEO of Potter League said. “She is extremely thin. She has really no meat on her at all, you can see every rib on her body and that just doesn’t happen overnight. It takes weeks for a dog to lose that much weight.”

Shear says Gravy is shy, scared, and in rough shape, but she is a fighter. She is slowly putting on weight and warming up to people. Shear hopes in a few weeks she’ll find a family to adopt her.

“We just want a place where she’s going to get the love she deserves,” Shear said. “She’s a really sweet dog and could be great in someone’s home. She had another dog so maybe somewhere she could have a dog friend, but most importantly a place that’s stable and cares for her.”

Portsmouth Police continue to search for the person responsible for ditching the dogs. Shear wants to remind people that there is help for anyone struggling.

“We just want people to know if they’re struggling and they need help, we have pet food we give away to people who are in tough financial strains,” Shear said. “If they can’t take care of them, we can take them and find them new homes.

Potter League is hoping to find the perfect family for Gravy as soon as she is fully recovered. ABC 6 News will keep you updated on when adoptions open and where to apply if you’re interested.

Portsmouth Police have shared a $15,500 reward for information leading to the identification and arrest of the person who abandoned these dogs, it is provided through Potter League and an anonymous donor.

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