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Utility Worker Spots Rail-Thin Pit Bull Inside Home And He’s Not The Only Starving Dog There

by Ann-Sophie Kaemmerle
Native New Yorker, University of Virginia graduate, runner, and sometimes stand-up performer.

A utility worker is earning praise after her swift actions saved two dogs from malnourishment and perhaps even death.

According to WBZ Boston, Susan Sweeney, an Eversource worker, showed up at the front door of a home in Rochester, Massachusetts, and was shocked when she saw two emaciated dogs just behind the glass. She was there to shut off the utilities because the owner was moving — but ended up calling 911 instead.

“The poor dogs were so happy to see somebody, which made me believe they were just left there,” she told WBZ.

The two pups, a 2-year-old pit bull mix named Bentley and a 9-year-old mastiff named Ace, were rail-thin and frail.

They were living in filth. There were urine and feces everywhere. Rescuers say that Bentley was 30 pounds heavier this time last year. There is even scarring on his face from the times they think he fought with Ace over scraps of food.

The owner, 33-year-old Tyrone Mendes, was tracked down and arrested, accused of animal cruelty. He claims that the neglect and trauma both dogs sustained were due to hard times: Tyrone lost his job in October and, since then, says that he’s had trouble buying them food.

Now, both sweet pups are recovering from their months-long ordeal while they wait for new, loving owners.

Please SHARE if you’re glad these two dogs were rescued just in time, all thanks to this utility worker!

Photos: WBZ Boston

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