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Rescued dogs ‘Fat Boy’ and ‘JJ’ recovering after SPCA rescue

JJ, a pit bull mix, and Fat Boy,

JJ, a pit bull mix, and Fat Boy, a Maltese mix, were both rescued by the SPCA and taken to Grady Animal Hospital in Sayville, May 4, 2016, where the animal group says they are recovering. Credit: Ed Betz

Suffolk SPCA officials announced Wednesday that two recently rescued dogs are on their way to recovery and one has even begun the adoption process.

The Suffolk Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals rescued Fat Boy, a 4-year-old Maltese mix found soaked in urine and with a neck wound on April 14. And SPCA officers retrieved JJ, an abandoned pit bull, on Tuesday from a Brentwood home, where he was found chained up and starving.

SPCA Chief Roy Gross said both dogs were placed in the care of Sayville Grady Animal Hospital in Sayville and both are responding well to treatment of their injuries.

Investigators Jennifer Pate and Jocelyn Schukel had been to the JJ’s home twice before because of violations and told the dog’s owner to care for the wounds, Gross said. The pair followed up a third time this week and found that JJ’s owner had gone to El Salvador and left the dog behind without food or water.

“If they weren’t as aggressive as they were following up, most likely that dog would have died a slow, grueling death,” Gross said. “The dog’s a sweetheart, it was a friendly as can be. It’s going to get a great home.”

Gross said the SPCA is now taking calls from families who may want to adopt JJ at 631 382-7722. The dog is continuing to recover from a leg wound and other health issues at the hospital.

Fat Boy has already begun the adoption process, Gross said.

“The wounds are all healing up,” he said. “It looks like that dog is going to be adopted very soon.”

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