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Portsmouth RI officer describes his role in rescuing abandoned dogs

PORTSMOUTH — Portsmouth Police Patrol Officer Caleb McQuaide initially put his hand near the puppies to see if they were friendly.

The two dogs — huddled together — were emaciated, “extremely lethargic” and covered in feces and urine, but they wagged their tails when McQuaide stuck his hand out, he wrote in an email to The Daily News.

McQuaide was one of the officers who responded to the area of Linden Lane on Thanksgiving morning for a report of two puppies on the side of the road, evidently abandoned.

Police nicknamed the dogs Turkey and Gravy.

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“Once (Turkey) and (Gravy) entered my patrol vehicle, and felt the heat from the vehicle they quickly became more active and attempted to become playful,” McQuaide said. The pups were transported to Mass-RI Veterinary ER in Swansea, Massachusetts, for immediate care.

Turkey, due to her poor health condition, had to be euthanized later that day. Gravy is slowly regaining her health under the care of the Potter League for Animals, a nonprofit organization in Middletown.