Woman, Veterinarians Help Rescue Dog Found Starving In Ditch


UPDATED: Friday November 9, 2012 8:41 AM

Veterinarians said that a dog would have been dead if a woman had not acted quickly to get him help.

The woman, whose identity was not released, said that she found him along Sitterly Road, in Fairfield County, Wednesday morning. She said at first, she thought the pup was dead.

Inside his cage the ailing pup, who staff at the Winchester Veterinary Clinic named Koda, looks like any other dog. However, his body tells a terrible story as he stands on wobbly legs.

“Currently, he weights 30lbs,” said Gina Compton, of the Winchester Veterinary Clinic. “A dog this size, he should probably weigh 55, 60lbs.”

When he first arrived at the clinic, Koda was too weak to walk.

“He was limp, he didn’t want to hold his head up,” Compton said.

The circumstances surrounding Koda’s condition are perplexing.

“It’s hard to say if he was left in a house with no food, or left in a cage,” Compton said.”He could have been tied up outside and he just got so skinny that his collar slipped off.”

Dr Lynn Grinstead said that Koda’s was one of the worst neglect cases she had ever seen.

“He’s completely emaciated, he has absolutely no muscle mass at all,” Grinstead said. “He’s just an anatomy lesson. He is literally a bag of bones.”

After a day of food and hydration, Koda is already showing improvement, wagging his tail at any sign of human kindness.

Dr Grinstead said that the pup has a long recovery ahead, but he will be okay. Once Koda is well enough, the woman who found him hopes to adopt him.

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