Two dogs were found abandoned in a trailer covered with feces after animal control received an anonymous complaint.
Reports say that Paterson Police and Paterson Animal Control responded to anonymous call that two pit bulls were left behind by an owner who moved away. When authorities arrived at the scene, they discovered the dogs living in a 25-by-7-foot trailer that was freezing cold and covered in feces. The dogs had been sleeping on a mattress that, by the time authorities got to them, was torn to shreds.
Two men, reportedly friends of the dog owner, seemed to think that it wasn’t a big deal and that the conditions the dogs were living in weren’t all that bad.
“Its no big deal,” Jose Rivera said. “You know people feel like they’re suffering and their really not. It’s cold … it’s understandable. And that’s it.”
Still, Paterson Animal Control asked the men to fill out paperwork so that they could remove the dogs from the trailer.
“Could you imagine how these poor dogs felt?” Paterson Animal Control Chief Officer John DeCando said. “They don’t want to be outside.”
Authorities say that this wasn’t the only call for them to rescue dogs this weekend; three other pit bulls were found shivering and chained up outside a Paterson home the day before the trailer incident. Reports say that the owners of the dogs in both separate cases could be fined up to $1,000 and face six months in prison if they’re found guilty of animal cruelty.