POSTED: Wednesday, August 15, 2012 - 7:30am
UPDATED: Wednesday, August 15, 2012 - 7:34am
Clayton County, GA (WGCL) — Clayton County Animal Control is investigating a dog so malnourished, she could barely stand.
"I'm just happy she's alive and made it through the night," Allyson Prosser said.
The volunteer with Angels Among Us Pet Rescue saw Sarabi at the Clayton County Animal Shelter on Monday. She knew she had to do something.
"When she stood up, she could barely hold herself up and she was so skinny. She was whimpering. I just started bawling right then and there," Prosser said.
The 3-year-old coon hound mix was found on Plover Road in Jonesboro's Bonanza subdivision. Someone saw her in such terrible condition and called animal control.
"It's just cruel. I don't know how someone could do this, " Prosser said.
Prosser got Sarabi to the Sugar Hill Animal Hospital for treatment.
"You can see the ribs right here, you should never be able to see the ribs or the spine. You can see the outline of the spine and the shoulder blades," Thomas said.
Sarabi also has several wounds on her body. Veterinarian Chris Thomas said this is one of the most severe cases he's seen.
"There was obviously some sort of neglect going. It happens over weeks or possibly months for her condition to get like this. She didn't get the nutrients and food that she needed," Thomas said.
Thomas thinks Sarabi must have been someone's pet because despite the abuse, she reacts positively to people. Everyone involved hopes she has better days ahead.
"It's just a sad story, hopefully, with a happy ending. She just wasn't taken care of," Thomas said.
"She still looks awful, but she looks happier," Prosser said.
Sarabi will stay at the vet's office and will likely need surgery.