Starving dog was only 3 lbs. when rescued

The humane society is looking for anyone with information after a skinny puppy was found in...

The humane society is looking for anyone with information after a skinny puppy was found in Thorold, Ont. The dog which was very emaciated is slowly improving. (Bob Tymczyszyn/QMI Agency)

Grant LaFleche, The Standard

, Last Updated: 11:02 AM ET

ST. CATHARINES, Ont. - Without much information to go on, it's hard for Kevin Strooband to know exactly how the tiny, emaciated dog ended up in such a pitiful state.

The chihuahua-cross has been starved. That much is certain. Many of his teeth are rotting. Although his tan and brown coat amplifies the visual effect, his ribs and spine can be easily seen. There isn't much muscle or fat to cover them up.

"He was only three pounds when he was brought in," said Strooband, executive director of the Lincoln County Humane Society.

If he were healthy, the dog would weigh closer to eight pounds.

The dog, which was brought in by a passerby who found him on a Port Robinson street Tuesday, has no collar to identify his owner.

Strooband is reasonably certain of one thing. The puppy didn't get that way just by living on the street.

"The weather has been so cold, there is very little chance he'd survive on his own," Strooband said.

That means prior to being found outside, the dog was either not being fed or not fed enough.


The humane society is looking for anyone with information after a skinny puppy was found in Thorold, Ont. The dog which was very emaciated is slowly improving. (Bob Tymczyszyn/QMI Agency)

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The dog is being cared for by the humane society. He has begun eating, but can only handle small amounts of food. Strooband said there will be challenges with the dog's dental care.

But aside from being extraordinarily skittish, the dog appears to be doing well, Strooband said.

"His behaviour may give us some clues as to how he has been treated," Strooband sand.

There has already been some interest in adopting the dog, but Strooband said it will be a while before the puppy is ready for adoption. There may be some opportunities for fostering the dog as he gets healthier, Strooband said.

Anyone with information about the dog is being asked to call the humane society at 905-682-0767, ext. 1.


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