A pup in St. Joseph County, Indiana, is recovering after being found in deplorable shape – and thanks to an outpouring of support from locals, she’s on her way to recovery.
According to WSBT-TV News, police say the pooch – now called Hope – is the possible victim of abuse and neglect, and they’re searching for the person responsible.
The dog’s sad story came to light when an employee at the Gilmer Park Animal Clinic found the emaciated animal on Tuesday morning.
“This dog was so far gone, I don’t think she would have made it the day,” said Melody Heintzelman of the South Bend Lost and Found Pets Facebook page, who immediately set up a fundraiser to support the dog’s medical bills.
Photos of the poor pooch circulated quickly and, clearly, tugged at the heart-strings. The animal clinic received so many donations that they posted a Facebook message on Thursday saying they aren’t accepting anymore.
“We would like to thank everyone who generously donated to South Bend Lost and Found to provide care for Hope,” the post said. “At this time we are not accepting any further donations. While we understand that everyone is concerned and interested in how she is doing, we are not allowed to give out any information on her condition due to the ongoing investigation.”
Detective David Wagnerowski, the animal cruelty investigator on the case, said he is looking at a few people of interest.
“I have never, in my career of 19 and a half years, seen a dog in this shape,” he told WSBT-TV. “I’m an animal lover, this is one I want to see through.”
The news station reports that an 18-year-old woman living in Fowler, Indiana, was the dog’s original owner. When she moved out of her mother’s home, she says she was forced to leave the dog behind, and believes her mother is to blame for neglecting the dog.