From the Daily News:
[Phyllis] Taiano, who runs the nonprofit rescue group Four Paws Sake, pulled Jake from the Manhattan NYC Animal Care & Control shelter after reading an urgent e-mail plea to help the ailing dog sent by heartbroken shelter workers.
The 4-year-old pooch spent the week recovering at the Lefferts Animal Hospital in Jamaica, Queens, where owner and veterinarian David Halpern treated him for mange and bacterial infections.
"This is definitely a case of neglect," said Halpern, who believes Jake's skin may have been scorched by chemicals.
Once he's well enough to get back on his feet, Jake will need a foster home with someone willing to administer topical medications and gobs of TLC. The affectionate dog will eventually need a forever home.
Sadly, Jake is hardly the first dog to be neglected and abandoned, both acts of animal cruelty that are against state law, but on the rise.
This year, Taiano's Middle Village-based group, which is run by a dozen volunteers, has already rescued and placed 36 dogs, most of which were abused, neglected or required medical care.