Dogs Found Emaciated In Croatan Forest Get 2nd Chance At Life

Officials are looking for anyone with information about two great dane dogs left for dead in the Croatan National Forest last week near the Craven-Jones County line. The dogs were found malnourished and weak, but they survived.

Officials say they've never seen dogs so skinny and they had to be neglected for months to be as thin as they are.

The dogs, Shellie and Paddy, were found last Wednesday on Catfish Lake Road in the Croatan National Forest near the Craven-Jones County line. Shellie, the skinnier of the two, was too weak to get herself out of a ditch. She was only 44 pounds when they found her. Paddy, who is believed to be her sister, was 58 pounds. Since they were found, Shellie has gained 11 pounds and Paddy has gained two. Craven Pamlico Animal Services says they believe the dogs are about a year old, and a healthy weight for Great Danes that age is between 80 and 90 pounds.

Animal control supervisor, Trinity Smith says although the dogs are in bad shape it was clear they hadn't been in the Croatan National Forest for too long.

"The condition of them although they were skinny they were relatively clean. They didn't have any ticks, their pads were in good shape. Their claws were in good shape. They didn't have any scratches that we see with dogs that have been running so I do think that they were dumped there," said Smith.

The dogs have been turned over to the Mid-Atlantic Great Dane Rescue League. Volunteers say it will take at least 6 months to get them healthy.

Anyone with information about where these dogs came from is asked to contact the Craven Pamlico Animal Services, tips can be anonymous. Also if you would like to help Shellie and Paddy donations can be made at the link below.


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  • by TJ Location: Chocowinity on Nov 24, 2011 at 11:51 AM
    This story broke my heart. We own a Great Dane. He is 6yrs old and he is absolutely the best dog we've ever had. He is gentle and loving. I would have never thought that a dog that big could be so tender with smaller animals and small children. He stays in the house and never bothers anything. My 2 year old cat sleeps with him and has since he was a 7 week old kitten. I agree with the workers. This didn't happen over night and these dogs weren't in the woods for an extended period of time. They weren't just "lost" nor did they just "run away". These dogs were starved and then dumped out to die alone. Our Dane was 13 weeks old and weighed 50lbs. when we got him. There ARE cruel people in this world that would just abandon animals for no reason. Some people are cruel enough to abandon newborn babies for no reason. I don't understand it, but it does happen. I do so hope that they find the person that did this and that he/she gets all the law can give to him.
  • by OSOC Location: Washington on Nov 23, 2011 at 03:10 PM
    Keeping it clean on politics on this one.....I cannot judge why, as we have read stories of dogs that ran away for lots of reasons, I refuse to believe anyone would abandon these dogs for any reason. How many times have we found where dogs ran away for no reason to show up at the keepers house years later? Too many. So they get the benefit of a doubt on this story. I watched the video which brings glossy eyes for this story. Having lost two golden retrievers this past year certainly paid its price on the heart but the soul tells me, they are in good hands now. If you can take a rescue in, have the time, or need the time to do so, do so, don't do it without reason as most of us need a companion in life. No they do not live longer than we do, just long enough to enjoy the life they are blessed with. Its the wife that never gets mad at you...always happy to see you and eager to please you. Its about you in their book. I am on number 5 right now and I would trade the experience for anything as all have been personalities extordinare. Some similar traits but all are a little unique. So I am confused why anyone would abandon these dogs. Why? So until we find out the whole story, either someone has lost their babies or lost their minds. People don't just abandon Great Danes. I cannot fathom that kind of person. And Bobbi, dogs go to heaven....they are his, not ours, we are mere caretakers so you are right. And for the hunters, the dogs do what they can to please you as they should, its what they enjoy the most, the hunt. So you that don't like it, keep in mind the dogs are happy doing what they do, cold wet, running for their caretakers as they want them happy with them too. I will be curious to find out the rest of the story on this one...something sounds very wrong. Happy Thanksgiving folks from the snake oil co...
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      by Anonymous on Nov 23, 2011 at 05:55 PM in reply to OSOC
      great book you wrote....how about a point
  • by James Location: Washington on Nov 23, 2011 at 12:21 PM
    I'll take them. I have had Great Danes before and they are the best dogs I ever had. Best friends I ever had.
  • by Bobbi Location: Goldsboro on Nov 23, 2011 at 08:47 AM
    Quote from St. Frances of Assisi, patron saint of the animals- " If you have men who will exclude any of God's creatures from the shelter of compassion and pity, you will have men who will deal likewise with their fellow men." The people who did this will have to answer for their actions because God watches and knows what we do....God Bless the people taking care of these dogs and I wish them a speedy recovery and I know they will now get a good home.
  • by Bugged on Nov 23, 2011 at 07:48 AM
    I have a Great Dane and he's absolutely wonderful inside! I would have taken these poor babies before it got to this point. How upsetting to see animals in this condition. :(
  • by Just Me Location: Beulaville on Nov 23, 2011 at 07:16 AM
    This makes me sick to my stomach!!! They need to find these creeps and do the same thing to them!
  • by Steve Location: Chocowinity on Nov 23, 2011 at 07:13 AM
    Glad the dogs are doing better and they weren't left in Pitt county, PCAS would have put them down.
  • by Kay Location: New Bern on Nov 23, 2011 at 06:25 AM
    These are obviously not hunting dogs, just the work of some sick, demented creep. If you have a dog, take care of it. If you don't have the time or money to care for a pet, don't get one.
  • by Formerly O.L.I. Location: ENC on Nov 23, 2011 at 06:23 AM
    I saw this on TV yesterday. It really brought a tear to my eye. Thank goodness those dogs will get some love and food now. What is wrong with some people? My husband says 'everything is cute when it's little', so be prepared to go the nine yards when buying a pet. Hope they do an update later on.
  • by Nicolas Location: New bern on Nov 23, 2011 at 06:20 AM
    I am willing to take these dogs into my home. I have great danes and i rescue them.
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