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Police searching for owner of injured dog found in woods near Merrimack-Bedford town line

Union Leader Correspondent

January 22. 2018 8:13PM
This German Shepherd was found injured in Merrimack and is currently recovering at the Animal Rescue League of New Hampshire in Bedford. (COURTESY)

BEDFORD — An injured dog found wandering through the woods in Merrimack is recovering, but still has significant medical issues that need to be addressed before he can find a home.

A male German Shepherd, possibly three or four years old, was found by a hiker Jan. 16 near the Merrimack-Bedford town line.

“The dog approached him and he was covered in wounds and all cut up. The injured dog was willing to come to him and the man got him in his car and brought him to us,” said Maureen Prendergast of the Animal Rescue League of New Hampshire. “His injuries were almost overwhelming because we just didn’t know what to look at first. It was clear he was incredibly emaciated.”

Prendergast said they do not know what type of trauma the dog has been through, explaining his legs, inner thighs and paws have numerous cuts and abrasions. Since an owner has not come forward, they have decided to name the German Shepherd George.

Staff at Ponemah Veterinary Hospital in Amherst have performed several procedures on George, stitching him up and providing him with medication for an ongoing infection.

“He has bandages all over his paws. He is on a lot of painkillers and antibiotics,” said Prendergast.

Staff at Ponemah Veterinary Hospital in Amherst have performed several procedures on George, an unclaimed dog found injured in Merrimack. (COURTESY)

A room at the Bedford shelter is now reserved for George, who spends his days visiting the veterinarian. For the first time since he was found, Prendergast said Monday that George is finally starting to act more like a dog, playing gently with toys and showing interest in others. 

“We don’t know how long he was out there in the woods,” she said, adding the Animal Rescue League of New Hampshire has no leads on the dog’s owner. 

The dog may be lost or may have run away, according to Prendergast, who said it is too early to assume that the dog was neglected or his injuries were intentional. 

Typically, stray dogs are held at the shelter for seven days before the rescue league can take ownership of the animals and begin seeking a new owner. 

“In George’s case though, it is going to be a long road,” said said, adding it could be a while until he is ready for adoption. 

Still, Prendergast said his recovery is promising. George is an adult, unneutered male who was discovered without a collar, tag or microchip; he is a black and tan dog with brown eyes. 

Currently, the organization is struggling to pay for George’s ongoing medical needs. Contributions are welcome by visiting the website at Anyone with information about George is asked to contact Prendergast at

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