ROSEVILLE, Mich. (WXYZ) — WARNING: The before photo of the dog is disturbing.
A dog that was saved from a Roseville cemetery garage has a new lease on life, but the shocking photo of the puppy shortly after rescue shows just how deplorable the conditions were for more than 40 dogs.
According to Roseville police, 43 dogs were rescued from a cemetery on Little Mack and Masonic on March 16. The initial number of dogs was 33, but investigators say more dogs were found on the property on March 19.
The dog photographed, a 6-year-old poodle mix, is now at Woodhaven Animal Hospital being treated for his injuries. Officials at the hospital say the dog was missing a foot when he arrived.
"Photos could not even do justice for how bad this little guy looked and smelled," read the post on the Woodhaven Animal Hospital's Facebook page.
When the Woodhaven team received the puppy, much of his body was covered in feces and urine, the hospital said. He was also dehydrated and "loaded with hook worms."
The dog is now ready for his "forever home," and is currently up for adoption through Furever Trails Animal Rescue.
Officers were dispatched to the cemetery to check the welfare of the animals after someone passing by the area requested the welfare check. A 51-year-old woman who had been living in the home adjacent to the cemetery garage was allegedly the owner of the dogs.
Police say the woman, whose name has not yet been released to media, will be issued a citation under a Roseville City ordinance concerning unlicensed kennels.