Dog sitter could face charges after dog in her care found with bruises, open sores

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A dog sitter hired through a smart phone app is facing animal cruelty and larceny charges in Quincy after the dog’s owners came home from a vacation to find their dog left alone in deplorable conditions.

QUINCY, Mass. – A dog owner is facing mounting medical bills after he says he left his dog in the care of a stranger.

Sully, a 13-year-old Akita, walks very slowly and needs constant care.

When Joe Hingston was planning a week long vacation to Mexico, he knew that Sully would need to be with a professional.

That’s why he decided to look up a certified dog sitter through an online service, DogVacay.

When he came home, he found Sully covered in bruises, contusions and open sores.

“The vet said this contusion was sitting in urine and on his side for so long that the tissue might be dead,” Hingston said.

Hingston says Sully is frail and needs medication, which is why he was looking for someone who would stay by his side around the clock.

“I feel guilty because I feel like I left him and that’s a horrible feeling,” he said.

Hingston says the sitter also took about $5,000 worth of gift cards, change and other items from his home.

DogVacay told WCVB that the sitter had undergone background checks and a rigorous approval process.

The company has promised Hingston a full refund and help with Sully’s medical bills.

Police are investigating whether the sitter will face charges for animal cruelty and larceny.


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