PATERSON, NJ - Paterson Animal Control Officer John DeCando is hoping for a post-Christmas miracle for one Paterson puppy.

According to DeCando, a concerned resident was passing by JFK High School on Saturday when she saw the sickly looking puppy on the sidewalk. DeCando was notified after the animal was brought to the Paterson Police Department, and he rushed the emaciated female dog, which he described as "skin and bones", to the Oradell Animal Hospital in Paramus.

An avowed animal lover DeCando, offering as much sadness for the defenseless animal’s plight as he did anger for those responsible, said that the cruelty made him sick.

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“There’s no reason for this to happen.”

Speaking of the rescuers, DeCando continued “if those beautiful people did not take action the dog would have not made the morning.”

Hoping for a recovery for the malnourished pup DeCando said that despite its ill-health she was showing signs of appreciation and affection.

"She was licking my hand the whole time," DeCando said.

Anyone with information about the dog can contact the Paterson Animal Control Office at 973-881-3640. Once nursed back to health the puppy will be seeking a family to love it, if that's your family call Second Chance for Animals at 973 208-1054.

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