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Dog given away free on Craigslist found year later near death in Las Vegas wash

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Las Vegas, Nev. - A dog given away for free through Craigslist was found severely emaciated a year later in a wash* by the rescue organization, On My Way Home Dachshund Rescue.** The female Akita was so weak, she could barely lift her head. Minnie - as she was named by her previous owner - is in critical condition and in the fight of her life.

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After Minnie was given away by her original owner, she soon went missing. The circumstances surrounding her disappearance are unknown; however, she was still wearing her original rabies tag when the rescue found her. That tag is how her saviors were able to track the owner who, a year earlier, was able to "unburden" himself.

It has become common knowledge that giving away or selling pets by way of any type of classified advertising website, such as Craigslist, is a very bad idea. In fact, most would say it's downright irresponsible given the recent news of animals who - after having been given away or sold through a classified ad site - were killed, fought, used as bait dogs or, worse, suffered prolonged torture before meeting the sweet boon of death. Those who are unaware of the dangers of giving away animals using this type of medium either live under a rock, or simply don't care. Despite these risks, it still happens too often.

Minnie now joins the ranks of other "Craigslist victims;" and, once again, animal rescue advocates have to pick up the pieces of irresponsible pet owners.

This morning, On My Way Home Dachshund Rescue posted a photo (see slide show) and reported the following on the facebook page they created for Minnie, called Sweet Special Gal:

Here she is at her latest feeding. Way more alert and keeping her head up for a good long while. Lookin around checking out her surroundings. It is progress for sure.

Minnie is still critical and has a long way to go to fully recover. Funds are desperately needed towards that end.

To donate, click on this link to access the rescue's website. Once there, click on the "Donate" link. You can also donate by PayPal. Choose "Send Money" and then enter the recipient email address, SaveTheDoxies@gmail.com. Choose "I'm sending money to family or friends," hit "Continue." Make sure you notate "For Minnie." Lastly, click "Send Money."

If you don't have PayPal, you can send your donation to the vet by snail mail to:

Warm Hearts Pet Hospital
1606 W. Warm Springs Road, Henderson, NV 89014
Phone #: (702) 434-4838.
Minnie’s rescue account number is 418

No amount is too small.

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* A wash is an area or channel that is created when flooding occurs. Canals are created to funnel rain away from the city to help ease the effects of flash floods. The area where the runoff collects is the wash.

** Pending 501(c)(3)

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