On June 2, a good Samaritan discovered an emaciated German shepherd in LaBelle, Fla. According to a story published Wednesday at Fox 4 News, the dog was "lifeless" when she was found alongside of the road.
It is believed that she had been abandoned and left to fend for herself.
The dog was brought to the Caloosa Humane Society for care. Suffice to say, her condition was dire.
According to the Humane Society, the dog, now known as "Hope", registered a temperature of just 95 when she arrived. She was covered in fleas, infested with parasites and terribly anemic.
Hope was immediately provided with life-saving IV fluids and a blood transfusion. Though it was touch and go for the first 24 hours, those caring for her now believe that she is going to pull through.
Today, not quite a week from the day that she was found, Hope has gained five pounds. Amazingly, that is still less than half of what is considered to be her normal, healthy body weight.
Currently, she is receiving several small meals throughout the day to help her gain weight and rebuild her stamina.
When Hope first arrived, it was readily apparent that she had been scavaging on anything that she could find in a desperate attempt to stay alive - in fact, when she defacated at the shelter, it was a pile of sand that she eliminated.
But the horror of her recent past is behind her.
Today, Hope is safe and being well cared for. As soon as she has physically recovered from her near-death ordeal, the family that found her will be adopting her.
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