WHITESVILLE, N.Y. (WIVB) — The SPCA serving Allegany County says it saw one of the worst starvation cases in nearly 10 years during a recent rescue.
SPCA members rescued two dogs, Mooch and Ace, from a trailer in Whitesville on September 11.
When members arrived, they said Mooch was so emaciated and unhealthy that he could not get up or move his head. His body condition was later evaluated and scored at a 0.5/10 rating, which is near-death condition.
During the rescue, emergency treatment on Mooch, began immediately and he was eventually transferred to the SPCA. If the SPCA had not found him, he would have died within two days.
Both dogs were seen with missing patches of fur and bite wounds. Mooch has hundreds of scars. This was likely due to lack of nutrition and fighting between the dogs for food, according to the SPCA.
Ace, although skinny, was in stable condition when SPCA members found him, and has steadily been gaining weight.
Mooch and Ace have both gained 10 pounds since the rescue.
“He has survived and is getting stronger every day,” the SPCA says.