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Feb 11, 2016 7:36 PM

Londonderry police rescue abandoned dog whose fur was so matted it couldn't walk properly

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LONDONDERRY - After getting a call from a landlord, police rescued an abandoned dog, whose fur had been allowed to become so overgrown and matted, the dog couldn't walk properly.

The dog, a small Shih Tzu found to be 2-3 years old had fleas, anemia and ear infections along with an ulcer on his forehead. Police say the dog, who is blind and deaf, was walking into walls and trying to eat random small items. They turned the animal over to the Veterinary Emergency Center of Manchester for treatment after discovering him alone in the apartment on Monday.

On Thursday, police arrested the two women who were renting the apartment, Jada Demas and Jennifer Moscardini, and charged them with cruelty to animals and failing to get a dog license or rabies certificate.

Police say the investigation in ongoing and that it is not clear if the two women were still living in the residence on Rockingham Road at the time the dog was found.

The dog is currently recovering and receiving 24-hour care and medication at a local residence. Information will be released if the dog becomes available for adoption.

Moscardini and Demas turned themselves into the Londonderry police just after 4 p.m. Bail was set at $2,000 cash and they are scheduled to be arraigned on Friday in Derry District Court.

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