DEDHAM, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio) — Authorities in Dedham are asking for the public's help as they investigate a severely injured dog that was found abandoned on Route 1 in Norwood last week.
The one-year-old mixed breed dog--subsequently named Annie--was brought to the Norwood Police Station after reportedly being found as a stray along Route 1 near Ellis Avenue. She was wearing a leash and a collar, but had no tags or a microchip.
Annie was taken to the Animal Rescue League of Boston's Dedham Animal Care and Adoption Center, then transported to Tufts Veterinary Emergency Treatment & Specialties in Walpole where she was treated for second-degree burns on her head, neck, shoulders, front limbs, and abdomen.
ARL Law Enforcement and Norwood Animal Control are joint investigating the case of animal cruelty and are looking for any information that the public has on Annie's owner and the cause of her injuries.
"In this day and age, there are cameras everywhere, people have phones, so we’re hoping maybe somebody saw something and they don’t know who to call," said Lt. Alan Borgal, Investigative Specialist at the Animal Rescue League of Boston, speaking at a press conference Wednesday.
Annie is currently in ARL's care, who say the dog now has months of recovery ahead of her.
"To see an animal like that is very heartbreaking, but she’s in good hands, we know she’s going to be okay," said Borgal.
Anyone with information on Annie's case can contact ARL’s Law Enforcement Department at 617-426-9170 x110 or email firstname.lastname@example.org or Norwood Police at 781-440-5100.
WBZ's Chris Fama (@CFamaWBZ) reports.