Underweight dog with mass in mouth found in Parma; Owner could face charges

PARMA, Ohio - Parma Animal Control officers want to find the owner of a severely underweight dog that could be sick.

A resident brought the American bulldog/boxer mix in on Monday after he found the dog wandering on Fruitland Drive in Parma.

Animal control officer Julie Kocik said the dog weighs only 78 pounds and had a fever of 105 degrees. His temperature is down to 101 after an IV of fluids. The dog has no body fat, and his bones and ribs are protruding, Kocik said.

To top it off, the dog also has a mass on his mouth. Veterinarians cannot put him under anesthesia to find out what's going on because he is too thin, Kocik said.

The dog is between four and five years old, is not neutered and his blood work came back normal. Kocik said he is friendly and very sweet. He even let the clinic employees clip his nails.

If anyone has any information about the owner of the dog, they should call the Parma Police Department or Parma Animal Control. Callers can remain anonymous and the owner could face charges.

Meanwhile, the dog will stay at the Parma Animal Shelter , where staff will try to help him gain weight. The shelter is a non-profit, so any donations are appreciated.

You can follow updates on the dog's condition on the Parma Animal Control Facebook page .

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