In Cleveland, Ohio, the heartbreaking photo of an emaciated and severely starved dog appeared on the Facebook page of Mutts in a Rut Rescue. The pup, dubbed Malachi, was rescued after found scavenging for food on Monday evening near the Rainbow Terrace Apartments on the city’s east side.
The one-year-old dog, who weighed only 19 pounds, is estimated to be half of what a dog of his age, breed and body structure should weigh.
“We have our doubts that he was truly a stray,” the organization’s Facebook stated. “Someone most likely starved him and then threw him out like trash.”
The dog was spotted by a Good Samaritan, who called animal control. According to Fox25 News, Cleveland chief animal control officer Ed Jamison credited the concerned citizen for saving the dog’s life, stating Malachi would not have survived much longer because he was so weak. The rescue organization reports the dog is being fed small meals at a time and when he gains some weight and considered well enough, he will move on to a foster home until he is ready to be adopted.
To donate to Malachi’s care through via PayPal – firstname.lastname@example.org or send checks to Mutts in a Rut Rescue, PO Box 111335, Cleveland, OH 44111. Donations to the vet clinic can be called into the Mutts in a Rut account (216) 252-4500.
Photos of starved dog courtesy of Mutts in a Rut Rescue.
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