From the first moment humane advocates saw the starving stray boxer mix found by the Utica police on Thursday, their hearts just broke. Weighing in at 26 pounds; slightly less than one-third of what a dog of her size should weigh, the abandoned dog's skin just clung loosely covering her protruding ribs.
The dog was found on Whitesboro Street with a shoelace tied around her neck.
The dog was taken to Stevens-Swan Humane Society where her rescuers named her Autumn.
Veterinarians were skeptical at first if Autumn was even to survive. An X-ray showed the three to four year old dog's GI tract were "full of bones." Experts guess the dog ate anything she could to survive.
By Friday, Autumn had already started to show improvement, and by Monday afternoon, a stream of positive Facebook posts followed the latest announcement about Autumn's medical condition:
"GOOD NEWS FOR AUTUMN! Autumn has successfully passed all the bones in her GI tract without complications. As of this morning she has gained 2 1/2 pounds since she came in on Thursday. Autumn is very happy and loves attention. We are very pleased with Autumn's progress so far and we are hoping she will make a full recovery. P.S. she loves her gifts, the sweater she is wearing was donated to her over the weekend. Thank you for the continued support of Autumn.
If you would like to continue helping Autumn, donations can be sent to ATTN: Autumn by:
Mail: 5664 Horatio Street Utica, NY 13502
If anyone has any information as to Autumn's previous owners or where she may have lived, please call the Stevens-Swan Humane Society at (315) 738-4357.
Way to go Autumn! Her rescuers say this dog has a great disposition and is extremely sweet.
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