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Port Hardy shepherd mix rescued from most horrific starvation situation

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The BC SPCA chief prevention and enforcement officer, Marcie Moriarty is calling Molly, an 18-month-old German shepherd mix found near death in a Port Hardy home, the most horrific case of animal cruelty and neglect she has ever seen reported Thursday's

We rescue thousands of animals from heartbreaking situations every year at the SPCA, but cases like this are particularly shocking," stated Moriarty.

When authorities found Molly, the dog was completely non-responsive, shivering uncontrollably and had a collar embedded into her already bloody neck.

The emaciated dog was immediately rushed to a nearby emergency veterinarian hospital where she was given life-saving treatment.

The SPCA wants animal cruelty charges brought against Molly's owners.

Two weeks later, Molly is still extremely thin, but she has gained weight. According to the BC SPCA news release and an update on her condition:

“She has gained some weight and is now able to walk, but she is still extremely emaciated,” says Moriarty. “She is getting care around the clock and we are very hopeful that, despite the incredible odds against her, she will make a full recovery.”

More pictures are available by clicking here. Please be warned some of the photos are very graphic and may not be suitable for all viewing audiences.

And a message from the organization's Facebook page on Thursday is asking people to be patient and civil while the investigation proceeds:

"Thank you all for your care and concern for Molly. While we can appreciate the emotional response to such a horrific tale of animal cruelty, we ask that comments remain clean and free of swearing and incites of violence. We are conducting a cruelty investigation and will be recommending charges of animal cruelty against Molly’s former owners. We hope you will join us in focusing on positive thoughts for Molly’s recovery. Thanks again, Marieke"

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