Christmas Miracle: Emaciated dog improving, rescue group raises money for care

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(Photo courtesy: Secondhand Mutts)

CLEVELAND- An area animal rescue group has received enough donations to cover the medical expenses for an extremely neglected pup.

A volunteer brought the dog, now named Miracle, to Secondhand Mutts on Dec. 15. The German shepherd-mix weighed about 14 pounds, and was covered in mange and open sores.

Now, Miracle’s condition is improving. She received her second medicated bath and started eating small amounts, though she’s still on an IV at the Gateway Animal Clinic. She tested negative for heartworm, and shows no signs of liver or kidney problems.

“It truly is a miracle and this gives us more hope that she will indeed survive from her bout of starvation,” Secondhand Mutts said on its website.

The animal rescue said it hopes the pup will be able to move on Saturday into a foster home, where she will receive around-the-clock care.

On Thursday, Secondhand Mutts said it is fairly confident it’s raised enough money to pay for Miracle’s medical bills. The rescue group has received donations from as far as Florida and Colorado.

Secondhand Mutts, a non-profit organization, does not refuse rescue dogs based on extreme medical conditions. The group is currently caring for another emaciated dog named Holly. Donations can be made on the Secondhand Mutts website.