Police searching for 2 suspects who abandoned 'neglected' dog outside NH animal shelter
BEDFORD — The Bedford Police Department is searching for two suspects they believe abandoned a dog at a local animal shelter earlier this week.
On Monday around 8:32 a.m., police responded to the Animal Rescue League of New Hampshire (ARLNH) at 545 Route 101 for a report of possible animal cruelty.
Officers learned that an ARLNH employee who arrived for work on Monday morning discovered an adult female golden retriever lying in the mulch near the building's back door. Police said the dog appeared to be in extremely poor condition and refused to eat or drink anything.
After an investigation, police determined that a man and a woman had abandoned the dog around 7 p.m. Sunday, leaving the animal alone outside in the elements for more than 12 hours with no food or water since the shelter closed at 5 p.m. on Sunday.
Following a medical examination by a veterinarian, the dog had to be euthanized due to its extensive medical issues caused by alleged neglect over a long period of time. Employees of the ARLNH determined that the dog was around 10 to 12 years old.
Police are searching for a white male and a white female seen driving a blue, four-door sedan.
"This is an extremely disturbing case where an innocent animal was abandoned and left to die," Chief John Bryfonski said. "We are encouraging anyone with information about this incident or who may have seen something to give us a call right away."
Anyone with information about this incident or either of these two suspects should immediately contact the Bedford Police Department at 603-472-5113.