On Monday evening, a severely malnourished dog was discovered in Camino Iglesia in Pojoaque, N.M.
According to the Santa Fe Animal Shelter and Humane Society, a good Samaritan, who was walking his own dog, came across the emaciated dog. The man took the skeletal dog to his home where he offered him a blanket and a touch of kindness until animal control could respond.
A veterinarian has examined the two-year-old dog and no underlying health issues were discovered - instead, it appears that the dog has been denied access to food.
The skeletal dog, dubbed "Raphael," weighs a meager 49 pounds, continues to recover under the care of the shelter.
On Wednesday, the facility posted this update Raphael:
I wanted to thank everyone for their well-wishes and concerns about the starving dog found in Pojoaque - we're naming him Raphael, after the archangel (which means God heals).
We are creating a medical fund in his name for those interested in helping him or other dogs that come into our clinic who need extensive medical care. Please call 505-983-4309 ext. 204 for more information about how you can help.
Mary Martin, the shelter’s executive director, stated:
“We don’t know the circumstances, and we don’t want to rush to judgment. It’s very sad, but we’re grateful he’s in our care now.”
A $1,000 reward is offered for information which reveals the circumstances that put Raphael into this pitiful state of health. Anyone with information is asked to call the shelter, 505-983-4309 ext. 139. Callers may remain anonymous.
Follow Raphael's recuperation here.
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