Former owners of 3-legged dog rescued in Crawfordsville could face neglect charges

Dempsy was found in rural Montgomery county. The shelter says a family in the area reported a severely emaciated dog wandering around their property. The shelter believes Dempsy was dumped in the area.

Posted: Nov 27, 2019 6:55 PM

MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI)-Meet Dempsy, a three-legged dog who has a unique personality to go along with his unique disabilities.

"He's very kind and very loving, I had my 12-year-old special needs daughter around him and he was all about her," said Misha Anderson, the Director of the Animal Welfare League Montgomery County.

Dempsy was found in rural Montgomery county. The shelter says a family in the area reported a severely emaciated dog wandering around their property. The shelter believes Dempsy was dumped in the area.

"Often dumped dogs will act like this,” added Anderson. “Dogs that are just taken out in the country and dumped will stay in the same area, they very rarely travel too far. They stay right there hoping something good will come of what just happened."

Something good did happen, the Animal Welfare League of Montgomery County along with Peaceful Souls Animal Rescue helped save Dempsy. However, his health issues seem to have been affecting him for a while

"He does appear to have severe skin issues and he is missing the leg,” said Anderson. “The leg is healed it is not a fresh amputation. His nails are extremely long, he has poor nutrition and is very underweight but is very happy and grateful."

The shelter says Dempsy's skin condition looks to have been taking place for a long time. Since he is in such poor condition neglect charges could be filed.

"Even if it is an ongoing issue there are medications that would at least make him more comfortable,” said Anderson. “Failure to give him the care he needs is neglect.”

Dempsy is microchipped and the shelter is in the process of contacting who he is registered to. It's unclear if they were taking care of him before he was rescued. One thing is clear though, Dempsy won't let anything break his spirit.

"This one is going to take the cake for stealing your heart," added Anderson.

The Animal Welfare League Of Montgomery County is over capacity when it comes to the number of animals they can hold.

Normally the shelter holds 100 cats they currently have 210. They have enough housing for 36 dogs and are currently caring for 70.

Once Dempsy is checked out by a vet the shelter will decide if neglect charges will be filed.

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