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Pet rescue group wants answers after finding dogs extremely dehydrated, weak

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KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -

A local pet rescue group is on a mission to find out what happened to four dogs who may have been abandoned in a garage.

Unleashed Pet Rescue have collected more than 1,700 signatures asking for justice for Colonel. Volunteers believe Colonel's dog owner should face charges for animal abuse.

A warning to readers that the video of the starved dog is disturbing.

The boxer mix named Colonel was discovered in a locked garage in Kansas City, MO, on May 23 with three other dogs with no food or water.

"Literally skin was hanging off the bones. He was just dehydrated and so weak. It was very sad," said Anne Medley, a volunteer with Unleashed Pet Rescue.

Help arrived too late for Colonel. He did not survive, despite all the best efforts of staff at the Unleashed Pet Rescue center.

Medley and others decided to start up a petition and Facebook page asking prosecutors to file charges against the dog owner.

"I think a lot of us felt that way. We were haunted by the images. If only someone had acted a little sooner, he could have been saved. How he suffered for so long is hard to see," she said.

Animal control cited the owner in January for not having the proper licenses for the four dogs. At that time, the pets appeared healthy but then, on May 23, police got a call to check on the dogs. That's when the tenant told officers the dogs belonged to her mother and she became ill and couldn't care for them anymore.

"I want to know how long the dogs had been in this state and if someone did move out of the house why didn't they call a family member or a friend," said Andria Knobbe with Unleashed Pet Rescue.

City Councilman Jermaine Reed's office has gotten numerous calls about the petition drive seeking justice for Colonel. As prosecutors review the case to determine if charges will be filed, he believes the current city ordinance against animal abuse could be tougher.

"The fine now is $250 and we should increase it to $1,000, which is the national standard and there is a maximum jail time of six months. I believe that should be two years," Reed said.

The good news is GI Jane and the other two dogs found with Colonel are improving and Medley is glad to hear her petition is getting attention.

"It's easy for one small dog to fall through the cracks, but people rallying around this and saying, 'We want better for our pets' is great and that the government is listening is fantastic," she said.

A spokesperson for the city said the prosecutor's office had been reviewing the case for charges even before the signatures were collected.

In the meantime, volunteers urge anyone in a stressful situation that can't care for their pets anymore to call Unleashed Pet Rescue at 913-831-7387 or other centers for help.

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