Maltreated dog in a bucket left in South Boston condo building

Poodble in a bucket

Boston Animal Control is caring for a poodle mix in bad shape that was found in a bucket Tuesday night at the Court Square Press building at 9 West Broadway - as inspectors try to find whoever was responsible for the dog's condition.

ISD reports this "poor little guy" had severely matted hair, skin wounds and an infestation of both fleas and maggots, "indicating that this dog has been in this horrific state for some time."

Animal Control is working with building management to see if surveillance video might show who dropped the dog off in the bucket with a blanket atop what appears to be kibble. If the dog, temporarily named Matt, looks familiar, contact Animal Control at 617-635-5348.

Matt getting care at city animal shelter in Roslindale:

Clinicians caring for maltreated dog


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I'm about 75% positive I've seen this dog before

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but cant be absolutely sure so all I'll say is this,

homeless panhandlers should not have animals no matter how cute you think they look in a baby stroller.

Poor little doggo. :-(


people are the worst

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if you can't care for a dog, don't just abandon them. bring them to a no-kill shelter (MSPCA!) and they will take them in. they'd rather save the dog from you than hassle you about giving the dog up in the first place.



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I really hate people.. I'm starting to like animals more than people these days..

Poor Matt :( Makes me wanna adopt him..



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The lowest of humanity. Jail is too good for whoever did this. Look how scared the little pup is, I hope he has a good recovery and gets to a caring home soon.


This may not have been done on purpose.

Abuse and neglect are two different things. Some people are in over their heads easily. It happens. They left him food, but, possibly no water. Not thinking right.

He's scared, but pup knows who his friends are.
He'll be OK. New home, new life.

If you can't care for your pet, PLEASE REACH OUT!

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Owning a pet is a lifetime commitment: their lifetime. It's not something you should undertake likely. But sometimes people misjudge, sometimes shit happens, and you can no longer care for an animal - or you thought you were up to it, and it turns out you weren't.

If this happens to you, PLEASE REACH OUT. People will help. If that dog had been brought to my workplace in downtown Boston, for example, I KNOW he would have found a good foster home at the very least. Your concern for your pet should outweigh your fear of being shamed. I would stand on a street corner and yell, "I can't care for this dog, can someone please help me?" before I'd let it get to such a state and then dump it.

Please reach out. People will help.


I don't think it is fear of shame

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Try fear of arrest.

The person who dropped the dog may not have been the one who abused it - they may have done their best to get the dog away from an abuser.

Abusers will also use pets and abuse pets to control their target humans - this may have been someone's only chance to get the dog help.

Not everybody has a nice life that they are allowed to organize neatly.

people who abuse animals need

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people who abuse animals need to be reported to authorities just as urgently as the animals they abuse need to be saved. people who hurt their pets are the same people who beat their spouses and children. they should not be shielded.


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Everything you said had merit, with notable exceptions:

1)The failure to acknowledge that someone who did "their best to get the dog away from an abuser" would have done better to reach out than to dump it in a can.
2)The pointless and stupid snark of "Not everybody has a nice life that they are allowed to organize neatly", which has what to do with anything, precisely?
3)The oxymoronic juxtaposition of someone who simultaneously feared arrest and was trying to rescue the dog from an abuser.

IOW, you have some valid points, but maybe you want to try untangle them a bit, and leave out the gratuitous swipe at the enormous, gobstopping "having a nice life" privilege that you seem to be ascribing to me.

Have you ever fled an abusive situtation?

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Your lack of understanding of how this may have been the best that someone could do is very telling.

Enjoy your charmed and privileged life. And enjoy it more with some understanding of how very nice you have it!

We don't know the whole story.

The city of Boston has a lot of help available for pet owners. There are food pantries with pet food, help with sterilization, and no kill shelters. It is frustrating that this dog could still be abandoned like this despite everything that is available. Then there is the mixed evidence of providing a blanket, food and this bucket (?) for shelter.

Judgemental hypothetical speculation isn't helpful. There is no evidence that person that left this dog was abused. Defending them by insulting other posters is ridiculous.

It is an innocent animal and I can understand why that upsets people. There is an explanation, but there is no predicting whether it is a sympathetic one.

And another option

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Someone I met through work has started, a free service to people fleeing bad situations. They provide temp housing for their pets while the fleeing person(people) get back on their feet and are in a place where they can take their pets back.

There are 2 things in this

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There are 2 things in this world that anger me to the point of violence: mistreatment of animals, and mistreatment of the elderly.

Glad to see this guy got a second chance, and I hope whoever was the original owner of this poor animal rots in hell.

Carry on.


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On Saturday I'm going to a benefit event for an animal shelter that features a "before and after" parade, with "before" photos of rescued animals followed by a parade of the same animals now. It is the hit of the event, and worth the price of admission. I really need this right now.