Owner of emaciated dog charged with animal cruelty


“It was heartbreaking to see Sophie’s condition when she first came to see us.”

Sophia today Courtesy

An Agawam man is facing two counts of animal cruelty after neighbors reported hearing him abuse his 4-year-old pit bull, according to a statement from the MSPCA.

The MSPCA’s Law Enforcement Division filed suit after receiving a complaint from the condominium management office of Carl Moglika Jr.

The office had been told by residents that they heard Sophie, the pit bull mix, being hit and crying, officials said.

When law enforcement officer William Loiselle attended the home on May 4 with Agawam Police and Animal Control, he found Sophie severely emaciated, the statement said.

Owner of emaciated dog charged with animal cruelty
Sophie was severely emaciated, according to the MSPCA.

Moglika immediately turned the dog over to the MSPCA, officials said.

Vets who examined Sophie found that in addition to being emaciated, she suffered from diarrhea, anemia, a fractured tooth and a thin coat, according to the MSPCA.

“Now she is blessed with a new life, a positive outcome that was only possible thanks to the dedication of Sgt. Loiselle and the collaboration between our department and Agawam Police and Animal Control,” said Thomas Grenham, director of law enforcement for the MSPCA.

Moglika will be arraigned in July at Westfield District Court.

Meanwhile, the MSPCA is looking for a new family for Sophie. The dog is friendly and affectionate, said shelter staff.

“It was heartbreaking to see Sophie’s condition when she first came to see us,” said Mike Keiley, Director of Adoption Centers and Programs at MSPCA-Angell. “We were able to heal her physically, but there are still behavioral issues that we are working on.”

These include resource guarding, which is a tendency for some dogs to growl, rush or even bite, to guard their food or toys, according to Keiley.

Morgan Katz, Director of Behavioral Services and Adoption Centers at MSPCA-Angell, hosted Sophie.

“Despite her story, Sophie has a great personality and is silly and engaging,” Katz said. “She enjoys being around people and constantly seeks their affection. We know she can thrive in the right home with ‘hero adopters’ who can continue the behavioral support she received under our care.”

The MSPCA is looking for an adoptive parent in an adult-only home with no other pets who is committed to working with a behavioral professional to provide the ongoing support she needs. Interested adopters can apply at mspca.org/bostonadopt.


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