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Sick dog dumped at Arlington, Wash. vet clinic, community effort saves life

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Today, thanks to a group of Washington state animal lovers, one very sick dog still has a chance to live.

On Saturday, Jan. 11, a sick dog was dumped at a veterinary clinic in Arlington, Washington. She began having seizures - indicating that she needed around-the-clock emergency care.

The clinic where she'd been dumped wasn't open on Sundays - so two dedicated dog rescuers transported her from Arlington to Pilchuck Veterinary Hospital in Snohomish, Wash. Pilchuck provides state-of-the-art 24-hour emergency care - but how would the rescuers pay for this veterinary care?

The Facebook page Lost & Found Pets WA State sprang into action, asking its followers to help raise money to help the dog.

On Saturday evening, their page stated:

The poor baby just had another massive seizure...we are not out of the woods yet!
please continue to donate!!

We only have ONE MORE HOUR tonight to get donations in and still need approximately $400-500!!! Please please share and donate and I will keep everyone updated on money and her condition...I so appreciate everyone asking them how we're doing so far but to save time/get more donations in I will keep everyone posted!

And only hours later, their page stated:


That covers her tests and will pay for her medication! THANK YOU SO MUCH TO EVERYONE!! THIS GROUP IS SO AMAZING! I wish I could hug every single one of you!!!

According to one of the dog's rescuers, Dori Henrickson, drug tests to determine whether the dog was on anti-seizure medication came back negative. It is still unclear why the dog was having seizures.

"We'll get the urine test, blood work, and X-ray results tonight. This beautiful girl is being kept on 'medical board' at the Pilchuck emergency clinic in the event that she might have something contagious," Henrickson stated.

She added: "We're looking for someone who can possibly foster this girl. She has a very gentle personality which is just beginning to show itself. You can see in her eyes that she still doesn't feel well, but with time, all things are possible."

While this dog continues to receive top veterinary care, the search continues for her identity. Is she a stolen dog? A missing dog? Was she dumped by her owners?

Please share this story - someone knows this dog.

And thank you to Lost & Found Pets WA State - for helping missing pets find their way home and for bringing the community together to help save the lives of animals in need.

Updates to this story will be posted as they occur.

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