Unfortunately, the beginning of this story is similar to that of Sammy the cocker spaniel left to die on the side of the road last year. With the help of our friends at the Monmouth County SPCA and Red Bank Veterinary Hospital, this tragic case will have a happy ending as was the case for Sammy.

"Danny" photo: MCSPCA

Eatontown police were alerted to a 1-year-old pitbull dumped at the Stoney Hill apartments Monday night. The temperature was barely above zero.

Buddy Amato, Chief law enforcement officer for the Monmouth County SPCA said the dog they now call Danny was found at around 11 p.m. in "horrific condition." Amato added the pup was “extremely emaciated, completely covered in mange, and lethargic.”

The exact condition and a report of Danny's condition will be released by Red Bank Veterinary Hospital soon.

While Amato and law enforcement are actively investigating suspects, he is urging anyone with information to contact his cell directly at 732-312-7153.

This past summer, I visited the Monmouth County SPCA facility for "Pay It Forward" and learned that animal abuse is becoming all too common at the Jersey Shore and especially with pit bulls.

More than one third of the MCSPCA’s dog intake is made up of pit bulls or pit bull mixes, but these dogs make up less than a tenth of our dog adoptions.

MCSPCA

We will track the progress of Danny, but in the meantime learn more about the Monmouth County SPCA's Pittie Project. Educate yourself on a very misunderstood breed, adopt if you can or make a donation. Every little bit helps.

Keep listening to 94.3 The Point as we work closely with The Monmouth County SPCA through our "Pet of the Week" program.