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Dog euthanized after being found unable to walk, abandoned alongside road in Richmond

Dog was later euthanized due to infected wounds
Published: Jun. 23, 2021 at 8:29 AM EDT|Updated: Jun. 23, 2021 at 5:42 PM EDT
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RICHMOND, Va. (WWBT) - Richmond Animal Care and Control is looking for the owner of an abandoned dog that was found on the side of the road in Richmond.

The golden retriever mix, named Susie, was found near Afton Avenue and Lynhaven Avenue wrapped in a bandage with no collar or chip. Susie was not able to walk and was most likely left in that area, the RACC said in a statement on Facebook.

Click here to see a video of Susie being discovered.

RACC said it appears that she had not been cared for in any way, apart from a puppy pad bandaged around her.

“Once we cut that off, you could see there were masses underneath that were ruptured, and you could see the bandage itself had cut into the underbelly of her stomach,” said Christie Chipps Peters with RACC.

On top of that, her wounds were infected with maggots, and “dying as she was there.” RACC officers immediately took Susie to Virginia Vet Centers, where she held on only a few hours longer.

“The minute she got there, she got an injection of pain medicine. Sadly, her body was already going septic. She was humanely euthanized,” said Chipps Peters, adding, “Someone had to have put her there, and so our hope is that with the video and the picture that we provided, that someone will recognize her. She’s a beautiful golden retriever.”

They are asking for the public’s help as they don’t have much to go on, and that the person who made the initial call to them is only considered a concerned passerby.

“If we can prove this was an owned dog that was neglected or was left in that way, we definitely have enough to move forward with a cruelty investigation,” Chipps Peters added.

In the statement posted to Facebook, RACC said that they were “sad and sorry to share we couldn’t save Susie. We hugged her close and said goodbye. She didn’t die alone or in pain and for that we are grateful. Sometimes our jobs are hard. Please help us find the person responsible for her neglect.”

The RACC wants anyone with information to call 804-646-5573 or email Robert.leinberger@richmondgov.com.

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