MSPCA-Angell Seeks Justice for Dog Wrapped in Plastic, Left for Dead

October 17, 2013

BOSTON, Oct. 17, 2013 – The MSPCA-Angell announced today that its Law Enforcement department has launched an animal cruelty investigation in the case of an emaciated dog found alive on Oct. 15inside a plastic shopping bag at a construction site at 1500 Dwight Street in Springfield.

A good Samaritan rushed the poodle-mix to the Dakin Humane Society in Springfield that same day, where she was evaluated by a veterinarian.  Upon her arrival the emaciated dog, who staffers have named “Buffy,” was clinging to life.

A veterinary evaluation revealed that she was anemic—which could indicate an underlying disease or be caused by her poor state of health.  Further tests are planned.  Buffy was initially reported to be about three years old, however veterinarians tending to her care now say she could be several years older.

 With veterinary care and a soft warm touch, Buffy is now standing, walking and eating (credit: Dakin Humane Society)

The MSPCA’s Law Enforcement department has begun canvassing the neighborhood in which Buffy was found, interviewing neighbors in search of leads that could identify a suspect.

“Our understanding is that this dog was placed or thrown into a pit at the construction site that was to be backfilled, which have killed her and prevented her body from ever being found,” said MSPCA-Angell Law Enforcement Officer Christine Allenberg.  “This kind of blatant animal cruelty cannot go unpunished and while we have few clues to go on, I want to be clear that we will aggressively pursue all leads in hopes we can bring justice to whomever is responsible.”

The MSPCA Law Enforcement Department urges anyone with information to call its Law Enforcement Hotline at: 800-628-5808.  Animal cruelty is a felony crime in Massachusetts punishable by up to five years in prison and a $2,500 fine.

Readers can click here if they would like to donate to the MSPCA’s Law Enforcement department as it investigates this case, as well as the approximately 2,500 investigations of alleged animal cruelty cases annually.  In the event that a reward is not paid or claimed in this case, donations toward the reward will be used for future investigations including the care of the animals involved in each investigation. 

The MSPCA-Angell Law Enforcement team works with the organization’s adoption centers, hospital and advocacy experts to investigate animal abuse in Massachusetts.  In 2012 the department investigated over 2,000 animal cruelty complaints around the Commonwealth. 



The MSPCA-Angell is a national and international leader in animal protection and veterinary medicine and provides direct hands-on care for thousands of animals each year. Founded in 1868, it is the second-oldest humane society in the United States. Services include animal protection and adoption, advocacy, humane education, law enforcement, and world-class veterinary care. The MSPCA-Angell is a private, non-profit organization. It does not receive any government funding nor is it funded or operated by any national humane organization. The MSPCA-Angell relies solely on the support and contributions of individuals who care about animals. Please visit