Foster family needed for pitbull brutally attacked

Foster family needed for pitbull brutally attacked and injured in Wilmington by unknown persons; DEACC responds to call and transports animal to local animal hospital

May 21, 2014, Kent County, DE – Delaware Animal Care and Control is in possession of a pit bull who was taken out of his yard in Wilmington, and nearly beaten to death by unknown persons on May 19, 2014.

Captain Sherri Warburton, head of Delaware Animal Care and Control, reported that the dog’s owner called DEACC, who responded to the scene of the attack. The dog was transported to Vet Specialty in New Castle  where he was found to have three fractures and may have lost his eye sight due to the attack.

“The distraught owner signed him over to us as he could not afford the vet bills,” Captain Warburton said. “He is in need of a quiet foster home where he can rest; the animal shelter environment can be noisy at times, and he needs a quiet place where he can heal and receive some TLC.” 

The vet who administered medical treatment to "Oden" said he is a very sweet dog and has pulled through this trauma like a champ,” she said. The dog will be released today by the animal hospital and taken to the First State Animal Center and SPCA’s main facility in Camden.

Captain Warburton said that the investigation is still ongoing at this time. Anyone who might have some information about this case or who may have witnessed it is asked to call DEACC at 302 698-3006, option 1.

The incident occurred in an alley behind East 17th Street in Wilmington. DEACC is asking anyone with surveillance cameras in the area to please contact them.  

Delaware Animal Care and Control is under the auspices of the First State Animal Center – SPCA. Delaware Animal Control is the enforcement agency for Title 3, Title 9 and Title 11 laws pertaining to animal welfare. Title 3 pertains to rabies control; Title 9 pertains to housing and dangerous dogs, and Title 11 pertains to animal cruelty.


The mission of the First State Animal Center and SPCA is twofold: they protect animals from people, by prevention of cruelty and suffering, rescue of the trapped or injured, emergency medical treatment, temporary housing for homeless animals and the reduction of homeless pet overpopulation through targeted spay/neuter and education programs; and they protect people from animals through their commitment  in placing only stable, safe and well-adjusted animals into homes where they will thrive while simultaneously educating the public about responsible pet guardianship.

Information about the First State Animal Center and SPCA, a non-profit, charitable organization, can be found at

Extended Shelter Hours on Wednesdays

First State Animal Center and SPCA holding Vaccination Clinic, Monday, May 19, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. and a CAT Spay/Neuter Clinic