Harold McKelvin of Washington, D.C., was arrested today on a warrant obtained by the Humane Rescue Alliance and charged with cruelty to animals after he allegedly failed to provide his dog, Missy, with proper food.
The investigation began on November 29, 2019, when McKelvin surrendered his 1-year-old female dog to the Humane Rescue Alliance. The black and white pit-bull type dog was severely emaciated, with her ribs, lumbar, vertebrae and pelvic bones easily visible. Missy also had live and dead fleas on her skin and was suffering from fur loss.
While we routinely rescue and rehabilitate animals who come to us severely emaciated, our staff made the difficult decision that humane euthanasia was the most compassionate option for Missy due to a number of factors. In order to have the best chance of getting justice for Missy through legal proceedings, additional details about her case must remain confidential for now.
A necropsy by a forensic veterinary specialist revealed the dog had 6.7 percent bone marrow fat remaining, well below the normal average of 59.4 percent. The forensic veterinary specialist also confirmed there were no abnormalities in regard to Missy’s health to explain her severe emaciation beyond a lack of food.
“The suffering Missy endured was entirely preventable, as the Humane Rescue Alliance offers programs to make it easier for people to care for their animals with limited resources,” said Chris Schindler, vice president of field services at HRA. “For example, our Pet Pantry program was created to support D.C. residents in caring for their pets by providing free pet food to those in need. For more information, visit humanerescuealliance.org/programs-services.”
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