One puppy is dead and another is facing plenty of health problems after being removed from a Kosciusko County home.
An animal control officer arrived at the home in the 100 block of Center Street Monday after a neighbor notified authorities of the conditions the animals were living in.
Patrick Jamison, the neighbor, spotted the two German shepherd pups Sunday and got video of them on his cell phone.
The video reveals that the animals were tied up and had no food in sight. Their water supply consisted of a kiddie pool and a bowl filled with murky water. Jamison also said he had not seen anyone at the home in about two weeks.
“It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to look at an animal and know that things could’ve been different,” Jamison said.
The puppies’ bones could be seen through their fur and one was too weak to even stand, according to Jamison.
“When I put my hands on them it was horrifying to tell you the truth,” Jamison said.
The surviving puppy is being cared for by the Animal Welfare League of Kosciusko County.
Staff tells Newscenter 16 that the puppy arrived flea infested, with worms and is malnourished. They are giving him a little bit of food at a time. His condition improved Tuesday.
“There has been outrage and a lot of anger,” Jamison said. “But there’s also hope because they know one survived. There’s a gut feeling that he has a chance.”
Sergeant Chad Hill confirmed that there is an ongoing investigation into this matter but could not provide additional details.