Dog Recovering After Found Starving, Tied To Tree 5-10-2011 - WNEM TV 5

Dog Recovering After Found Starving, Tied To Tree 5-10-2011

Another disturbing tale of animal cruelty has clawed its way into the public eye in Saginaw.
Workers at the Saginaw County Animal Control center are trying to nurse a dog back to health after it was found Monday on South Michigan Avenue tied up and starving in the city of Saginaw.
Her collar was embedded so deeply in her neck, some of the flesh was gone. TV5 was told she could have been tied up there for two to three weeks.
“This poor puppy was tied to a tree in the woods near my house,” said Dawn Wetherbee Vargas through TV5's Facebook page. “She was starving, you can see her bones showing through. The rope was so tight around her neck that it cut into her and couldn't even be seen anymore and the wound was full of maggots.”
"We've named her Addy, which means Awe-inspiring," posted Wetherbee Vargas. "The Saginaw Animal Care Center has offered to transport her this afternoon to a vet who has agreed to see and assess her."
Addy had a two-hour operation to remove maggots from around her neck that got into the wound formed due to the tight collar. The story has prompted a strong reaction on TV5's Facebook page, with several area residents forming a group to try to save her. Another post online said Addy came out of the surgery and faces a long recovery.
Wetherbee Vargas was told the maggots that infested the dog may have kept it alive by eating the bacteria and dead tissue around its neck.
The latest information regarding the dog’s adoption is that a person has come forward to take the dog long term.
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