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MSPCA-Angell Seeks “Special Adopters” for Two Sweet Dogs Involved in Animal Cruelty Case

“Remy” Surrendered By Owner on September 25

BOSTON and Methuen, Mass., Oct. 2, 2023 – The future is bright for four-year-old Remy, a pit bull terrier mix who has faced much hardship in her life but is now ready to find the loving home she deserves after being surrendered by her former owner.

Remy was surrendered to the care of the MSPCA on September 25 by Lakeida Burris. Burris is facing charges related to a dog named Jobee, who Angell Animal Medical Center doctors described as the worst case of intentional starvation they had ever seen.

Following weeks of care at Angell Animal Medical Center and the MSPCA’s Boston Adoption Center Clinic, both Remy and Jobee are now ready to find their forever families.

Turning the Page

Remy and Jobee have been in the care of the MSPCA since they were discovered by Boston Police in Burris’ home last July. Jobee’s remarkable recovery has been well documented, but Remy also needed a lot of TLC before she was ready to find her happy ending.

“Remy was underweight when she came to us, although not nearly as underweight as Jobee,” explained MSPCA-Angell Director of Adoption Centers and Programs, Mike Keiley. “We use a scale of one to nine to evaluate dogs’ body fat, and Remy was only a two.”

“But, we got her on a refeeding plan and treated some skin issues she also had, so she’s in a much better spot now.”

“These dogs [Jobee and Remy] have been through so much, they really deserve to find perfect new homes,” Keiley elaborated. “They’re great examples of dogs’ resiliency and ability to overcome what they’ve experienced in the past and open their hearts to new humans.”

“It’s been really wonderful to witness,” he added.

“Special Adopters” Wanted!

Staff at the MSPCA’s Boston Adoption Center say Remy is incredibly friendly and social with humans. She is looking for a home with adopters who will be patient as she gets to know her new space. She can live with children and potentially a well-matched dog.

Staff at the Nevins Farm Adoption Center describe Jobee as an affectionate and snuggly dog who loves people. Like Remy, he would do well living with children, but he should be the only pet in his new home.

“We’re looking for some really special adopters for these really special dogs,” said Keiley. “They’re both so cuddly and sweet that we know they’ll be the perfect companions for the right people.”

Those interested in adopting Remy may apply at or stop by the Boston Adoption Center to speak with staff during open hours, Tuesday through Sunday from noon – 3 p.m.

Those interested in adopting Jobee may apply at Jobee is in foster care, but interested adopters may also visit Nevins Farm open hours on Saturdays from noon – 3 p.m. to talk to staff and meet him.