Dog rescued after being abandoned, owner arrested

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SHELBY COUNTY, Tenn. — A 10-year-old pit bull now known as Lenny is recovering after being rescued earlier this month.

The man who abandoned him, 30-year-old Daniel Moore, has been arrested and charged with aggravated cruelty to animals.

Moore had been renting a home in the 4400 block of Hunter’s Glen. He left at the beginning of July. A week later, the property owner found Lenny and called the Sheriff’s Office.

Lenny had been locked in an unventilated storage room. He had no food, water, or even light. Lenny was severely malnourished, covered in his own excrement, and could barely move.

He weighed only 32.5 lbs. when he was taken to Animal Emergency Center on Summer Avenue. Now three weeks later, Lenny weighs 53.4 lbs. and can move on his own. Upon full recovery, he should weigh between 65 and 70 lbs.

Animal Emergency Center, a non-profit, is hoping to find Lenny a loving home. For more information or if you would like to make a donation, call 901-323-4563.

Moore is out on bond. He’s due in court Thursday.


  • chanceencounterstlm

    His punishment shouldn’t cost the taxpayer much $$$. Lock him up in a room for awhile, not till he dies, just a week or so; no lights or ventilation, no food or water. Then, after he’s had some time to think about what he did to that animal that loved him, we’ll let him out.

  • P Letendre

    We need harsher punishment for “people” that do this. That is the only way to stop the cruelty. They should be treated to the same cruelty. Dogs are such forgiving and generous souls. I hope the owner gets his due in such a way that he lives a tortured life.

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