Animals rescuers: deputies investigating abandoned, starved dog

Animals rescuers: deputies investigating abandoned, starved dog
(Source: Pawemtto Lifeline)
(Source: Pawemtto Lifeline)

COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - Animal rescuers in Richland County are working to rehab a badly starved dog. They said it's one of the worst starvation cases they've seen.

The Richland County Sheriff's Department said it was found at a home on Sparkleberry Lane.

Rescuers at Pawmetto Lifeline named the dog Shadow because they said the dog had been living in the shadows of neglect and starvation. Now, he's safe.

Pawmetto Lifeline said it got a tip from a concerned neighbor earlier this week about a badly emaciated dog chained up in a backyard, so the rescue called the Richland County Sheriff's Department and the dog was quickly taken into custody.

The county said it's actively investigating, and there are charges pending for the person responsible.

Meanwhile, Shadow is in the process of healing in a safe, undisclosed location.

Shadow only weighs about 40 pounds, which is about 20 pounds shy of what he should weigh. Rescuers said healing a starved dog isn't as simple as it sounds.

"When the body-scale is down so bad that there's literally no fat on you, you start dealing with kidney failure and just all kinds of things. You're more susceptible to viral illnesses out there, such as parvo. You're susceptible to bacterial infection and, you know, pneumonia," said Rescue Facilitator Libba Ulery.

No word yet on any arrests or suspects.

If you'd like to help Pawmetto Lifeline rehabilitate Shadow, you can donate here

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