ROXBURY, NJ – Donations are being sought to help fund medical care for “Walter,” a dog that was found wandering around Landing earlier this month.

The male dog is being treated at The Animal Hospital of Roxbury in Ledgewood. He was taken there Oct. 21 by Roxbury Animal Control Officer Susan Blanchard who – with a helper – used Burger King Bacon Double Cheeseburgers to lure him into a dog trap.

The hospital, on its Facebook page, notes that Walter, “a gentle giant,” is quite ill.

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“He was very scared at first but has warmed up quickly and is a big sweetheart,” says the Facebook post. “Unfortunately, Walter is very sick. His kidneys are failing and he’s very anemic. He needs medical care if he’s going to make it.”

Blanchard said she first learned about the dog in mid-October. “One of my friends from a rescue group contacted me - asking if I knew about this dog running up in Landing - and sent me a picture,” she said.

Hiding in Thick Brush

On Oct. 21, a Landing resident called Blanchard and told her a dog had been visiting his yard for about a week. “They said he was very skinny and wouldn’t let anybody near him,” Blanchard said. “When I went there he hid. I couldn’t see him. It was very thick brush.”

Blanchard returned, armed with the burgers, the dog trap and a helper. “We set the trap and within an hour he was in there,” she said. “He was petrified.”

The animal hospital staff named the dog Walter. He had no collar, no chip, had not been neutered and was covered with fleas and ticks, Blanchard said. He was also emaciated, anemic and suffering from kidney failure, she said.

“Nobody has called-in for him,” Blanchard said. “I’m sure he was dumped either because he is ill or they didn’t want him.” She estimates the dog to be three or four years old and guesses he’s a mastiff/lab mix.

“He’s got a lot of health issues, so we are trying to treat what we can to see if he comes around,” Blanchard said. An account on behalf of Walter has been set up at the animal hospital. Donations can be made by calling (973) 691-1771, mailing checks to the hospital at 1901 Route 46, Ledgewood, NJ 07852 or stopping by the hospital.

“We are hoping to re-test his blood over weekend,” Blanchard said. “He eats and drinks, and he is wagging his tail now, so he’s not in pain.”

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