Malnourished puppy found on north side needing urgent medical assistance

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INDIANAPOLIS – A puppy, believed to be under the age of one, was found on the city’s near north side malnourished and she needed medical attention.

The Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department was contacted Memorial Day by an anonymous person. The rope holding the dog was underneath a trash can near the 1900 block of Carrollton Avenue.

IMPD contacted Indianapolis Animal Care and Control, who took over. IACC is currently looking into this case. They believe this dog was a stray animal, but if anyone has information they should call 317-327-1397.

Dawn Contos, community outreach coordinator for the IACC, said it could take a couple of months for this dog to become healthier again. She said it does not matter whether the dog was a stray or neglected because caring for animals takes time.

Contos said the relationship between their organization and rescues is important. The Humane Society of Indianapolis will pick up the dog on Tuesday and help the dog recover from its current condition.

“We try to work with rescue groups to see if they can take the animal into their rescue and they have a few more resources and followers and people who help and give donations and then they get the dog healthy,” Contos said.

IACC works with many rescues like Mended Hearts Rescue. Its director, Jared Anderson, has helped animals recover from similar situations.

“When we got the call (about) Syrus, Syrus had a bad skin infection and mange,” Anderson said.

Syrus was also a stray that was found along Carrollton Avenue last year. It took about a month and a half for him to recover. He visited multiple vets and received multiple treatments. Anderson said they spent more than $600 for him to get better. He has now been adopted.

“The quicker we get in here to get the dog the proper care they need, the better chance they have,” Anderson said.

Anderson said it was possible because of donations. Organizations like IACC and Mended Hearts Rescue said adopting, donating, and volunteering are critical, but the animal has to get better first.

“We want to get them healthy before we put them in a home,” Contos said.