The emaciated pit bull, found abandoned in the basement of a Paterson, New Jersey, apartment earlier this month, may have been there since February. According to News 12 New Jersey, investigators believe that the dog’s owners chained her up and left her to die after they moved away.
The rescue dog
The dog, dubbed Phoenix, is recuperating from being starved to the brink of death. She is in the care of the Ramapo-Bergen Animal Refuge, which is calling her survival a “miracle.” On Monday, the animal welfare agency updated Facebook followers with Phoenix’s progress:
Phoenix, who now greets her nightly visitor with a big kiss and some very excited whole-body wagging…is now weighing in at 27 pounds! More good news..Phoenix is now giving kisses to her wonderful vet and seems to be showing more trust to her other caregivers. While Phoenix still has a long way to go with learning to trust, these are absolutely amazing steps in the right direction. We are so proud of this extraordinary dog. ❤️
According to the news agency, Phoenix’s prior owners have been identified and the authorities are “trying to track them down.”
Prior article about Phoenix at this link.
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Yesterday in the news: Man didn’t want to pay veterinary bill so he did “surgery” on his dog – more here.
Unbelievable! Someone chained a puppy to a rail car – read more here.
A senior dog rescued and given a second chance
Elderly dog wrapped in plastic and left to die, but the sweet senior got a second chance