One week ago, an emaciated, seven-year-old Chow mix named "Emily," was saved from the Miami-Dade Animal Services facility in Miami, Fla.
When Emily arrived to that facility, she was given just 24 hours to live...if a rescue agency could not be found, the skeletal dog would be humanely euthanized because of her pitiful state of health.
Though Emily was too weak to raise her head, she gave the shelter staff an indication that she wanted to live...she wagged her tail. Hoping against hope that there might be a miracle for the emaciated dog, the shelter put a plea begging for Emily to be rescued.
That plea was answered and against all odds, Emily is still alive today.
Emily's survival is a miracle.
When she was taken to a veterinarian, her body score was dismal...less than one on a scale of one to nine, her kidneys were shutting down, her temperature had dropped to 98 degrees and she weighed in at just 31 pounds.
Emily is currently receiving veterinary care at the Biscayne Veterinary Center in Miami, Fla.
Thanks to the extraordinary care that she has received, her kidneys are once again functioning and her care-providers are optimistic that she is going to pull through.
Slowly, but surely, Emily is gaining weight and strength - she continues to wag her tail and show the world that she wants to survive.
Donations for Emily's care can be made at this YouCaring link, or directly to her veterinary clinic at: Biscayne Veterinary Center, phone number 305-575-1190 (account is under Dakota and Friends Chow Rescue for Emily).
Note: Cruelty charges are being pursued in this case - tragically, Emily had been previously adopted from the same shelter that she was just saved from. Once upon a time, she was a happy, healthy dog.
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