On July 29, the Orange County Animal Shelter in Virginia took in an abandoned dog, a pit bull named Maggie. According to WVIR, she was found by a civilian and was severely underweight, weighing just 27 pounds, half of what would be considered healthy.
“Maggie was…nearly lifeless, couldn’t move, couldn’t get up, couldn’t walk,” shelter director Gina Jenkins told WVIR.
She said the dog was suffering from demodectic mange and conjunctivitis, and was lethargic and dehydrated.
Jenkins says that while it is an extreme case of animal abuse, he doubts the owner will be found. Instead, they are focusing on giving her the love and attention she has been denied: “No one is going to show up. She’s going to be our baby.”
Maggie is now in good hands and on the road to recovery, though given her condition it won’t be easy: it will reportedly take at least 3-4 months, and she may never fully recover her hair.
Still, everyone is determined to give this dog a much-needed second chance. Online supporters were touched by her story and have donated thousands of dollars for her care, achieving her fundraising goal in just 24 hours.
“Although he has a long road ahead of him, he is getting a little better every day,” the shelter reported on Facebook. “We will keep you updated as she progresses.”
Although she has a long way to go, Maggie’s spirits have been rising. After facing so much cruelty and neglect, she has settled in and made herself comfortable with food and blankets.
“She is 100% better. It’s amazing what love, care and food can do for an animal,” Jenkins told WVIR. “She loves her blankets and loves to snuggle up in her blankets.”
It’s heartbreaking that Maggie has been abandoned like this, but we’re so glad she’s finally in good hands and on the road to recovery!//