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Emaciated dog fights for life after spending months in crate

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There is a vast difference between living and existing...for a dog named "Noelle," life prior to being rescued just days ago was purely "existence," and it was a hellish existence at that.

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Noelle's entire existence was confined to life in a filthy crate - no exercise, no mental stimulation, no love, no kindness, and judging by the condition of her pitiful body, little food or water.

Two days ago, when a good Samaritan reached out to the rescue agency, Knick Knack Pittie Pack, to see if they could help with Noelle, the answer was a resounding "yes."

Noelle was whisked away from the urine and feces laden crate which had been her "home," and she was taken to an emergency veterinarian in Maugansville, Md., where she weighed in at just 13 pounds.

By the time that a temperature could finally be obtained from the emaciated, young dog, it registered at just 89.6 degrees. Starvation and dehydration had taken a nearly deadly toll - Noelle's kidneys were shutting down and she required I.V. fluids and a feeding tube in her nose.

Noelle is still receiving round-the-clock veterinary care at Mountain View Animal Emergency and though she is finally receiving life-saving fluids and treatment, she is not yet out of the woods.

Follow Noelle's journey at her newly created Facebook page here.

Donations for Noelle's veterinary care can be made here.

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