Man charged with animal cruelty as MSPCA seeks new home for abused dog – NBC Boston

A Massachusetts man is facing animal cruelty charges after a mix of pit bulls were found emaciated, the MSPCA announced Friday.

A forever home is being sought for Sophie, a 4.5-year-old dog abandoned last month by Carl Moglika Jr. of Agawam.

Neighbors told the Moglika condominium management office they could hear Sophie “being hit and crying in pain,” the MSPCA said in a statement on Friday.

Officers from the MSPCA Law Enforcement Division, Agawam Police Department and Agawam Animal Control attended Moglika’s home on May 4, finding Sophie severely emaciated.

Sophie was taken to the MSPCA’s Angell Animal Medical Center in Boston, where vets found she also suffered from amnesia, a fractured tooth, thin coat and diarrhea.

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A photo of Sophie as she undergoes an initial assessment at MSPCA-Angell; his physical health has since improved

The MSPCA says that although the animal is described as friendly and affectionate, it needs a “very special adopter”.

“It was heartbreaking to see Sophie’s condition when she first came to see us,” Mike Keiley, director of adoption centers and programs at MSPCA-Angell, said in a statement. “We were able to heal her physically, but there are still behavioral issues that we are working on.”

Among those challenges, Keiley says Sophie tends to guard her food or toys by growling, lunging or biting.

“Our team is working hard to help Sophie learn to connect with people in new ways,” Keiley said. “Having lived in an environment where normal forms of canine communication were ignored, she needs to learn those skills early on.”

The MSPCA is seeking Sophie to be adopted into “an adult-only home with no other pets” by someone “committed to working with a behavioral professional to provide the ongoing support she needs”.

“Despite her story, Sophie has a great personality and is silly and engaging,” said Morgan Katz, director of behavioral services at MSPCA-Angell. “She enjoys being around people and constantly seeks their affection. We know she can thrive in the right home with ‘hero adopters’ who can continue the behavioral support she receives under our care.”

Anyone interested in applying to adopt Sophie can do so here.

Moglika faces two counts of animal cruelty filed by the MSPCA’s law enforcement division. It was not immediately clear if he had an attorney.


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Jennifer R. Strohm