On Dec. 27, concerned residents notified the shelter about the dog.
“This is the worst case of animal neglect and cruelty he’s seen in his history as a Manchester animal control officer,” said Officer Vogle, who is now asking for the public’s help in identifying the animal’s owner or owners.
Since Tonka’s discovery, the Manchester Animal Shelter has been covering the costs of his slow but hopeful recovery at the Veterinary Emergency Center of Manchester. Tonka has undergone two surgeries and has at least two more to go. Already, veterinarians have amputated the tip of his tail due to loss of blood flow. The shelter staff believe damage to Tonka’s tail, urine and feces on his body and sores on his spine and legs are from excessive time in a small crate.
The Manchester Animal Shelter has established a “Tonka Medical Fund” to help cover the cost of his medical bills which neared $2,000. The shelter says pit bulls continue to be Manchester’s most abandoned and neglected animals. The shelter took in 357 dogs during this past year and more than half of them were pit bull or pit bull mixes.