Reward being offered for info related to dog found sunburnt, emaciated behind Walmart in Branford

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Justice the dog found abandoned, emaciated, sunburned behind Branford Walmart June 17, 2021 – Photo Credit: Dan Cosgrove Animal Shelter

BRANFORD, Conn. (WTNH)– Dan Cosgrove Animal Shelter is asking for the public’s help in identifying the owners of a dog that was found abandoned behind Walmart Thursday evening.

Officials report the dog was sunburnt, emaciated, dehydrated, and scared. The dog is suffering from serious burns to the face and paws after being left outside for an unknown amount of time.

Authorities describe the dog as an unneutered male, about 20-25lbs underweight, no microchip, no collar, and is grey and white.

The shelter announced they have named the dog ‘Justice’.

On Monday, the shelter posted an update about Justice saying he’s on medication, eating, and drinking well.

They add, “We do not know at this time if he will have permanent or lingering issues with his liver, kidneys, or eyes. We are watching him closely this week during his recovery and will be redoing bloodwork by the end of the week. At this time we believe he will need to see an optometrist but once again we will have the veterinary staff re-evaluate him and his progress and then follow their recommendations.”

The shelter says they have leads on who might have been Justice’s previous owners, “but so far none of them have panned out.”

Dan Cosgrove has a reward from Desmond’s Army of $1,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for abandoning Justice, as well as a $2,500 reward from a supporter.

Anyone who has information or has seen this dog is asked to call 203-315-4125.

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