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Sorrowful update on dog who was saved from the bitter cold

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Two short days ago, a dog dubbed "Francis," was gently lifted from the frozen ground where he had collapsed on a street in St. Louis, Mo., and he was rushed to a veterinarian for emergency care.

On Thursday morning, his rescuers announced that the emaciated, long-neglected dog, died; Stray Rescue of Saint Louis said:

It is with a heavy heart that we announce that Francis has passed away. He left peacefully during surgery, and we are thankful that he did not die on the cold street.

If only for a short time, he knew what it meant to be loved and cared for. From the bottom of our hearts, we are forever grateful for your support of Francis and all of the others we have yet to rescue as we trudge along through this frigid weather.

Francis' life prior to being found was excruciatingly hard...his gaunt body spoke volumes of his hardships and his weary eyes on the day of his rescue reflected his hopelessness.

Before passing, perhaps for the first time in his life, he knew the gentle touch of a kind hand, the soft voice of compassion and the warmth of being loved.

Rest in peace Francis.

Prior story about the effort to save Francis here.

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