Wednesday, February 27 2013 4:00 PM EST2013-02-27 21:00:38 GMT
A severely malnourished dog turned over to a Cumberland Valley animal hospital last week is on the mend."She is doing great. She has gained six pounds since Thursday," said Brenda Hawbaker, a manager atMore >>
A severely malnourished dog turned over to a Cumberland Valley animal hospital last week is on the mend.More >>
Tuesday, February 26 2013 4:43 PM EST2013-02-26 21:43:26 GMT
The Cumberland Valley Animal Shelter is looking for information about an American Pit Bull Terrier who was turned over to the animal hospital weighing half of her healthy weight. Shelter Manager JenniferMore >>
The Cumberland Valley Animal Shelter is looking for information about an American Pit Bull who was turned over to the animal hospital weighing half of her healthy weight.More >>
CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. (WHTM) -
It's hard to look into her big, loving puppy eyes and understand the struggle a young pit bull terrier has been through.
Named "Eve" by her caregivers at Lincoln Way Animal Hospital in Chambersburg, the dog is being nursed back to health after she was found severely malnourished off Falling Springs Road last Thursday.
"I have no idea how that dog is alive," said Jennifer Vanderau, spokeswoman for the Cumberland Valley Animal Hospital where Eve is now recovering.
Vanderau is hoping anyone who might have information on how the dog ended up in the condition she was found in will come forward.
In the meantime, she and others are hoping Eve will continue to make improvements. Since last week, she has gained weight and strength.
When she was found, Eve weighed only 25 pounds, half the healthy weight of a dog her size. She was too weak to stand, and her temperature was so low it couldn't register on a thermometer.
Vanderau said when she was found, Eve was very close to death.
"I honestly think if she would have been out even overnight, we would be telling a different story right now," she said.
Eve now has excellent around-the-clock care. She won't be well enough for adoption for quite some time, but her story has triggered thousands to ask how they can help.
"For those of you who are touched by Eve and her story, what I am asking you is think about the other 100 animals here at the shelter," Vanderau said.
There are many other dogs, even a few of the same breed and color as Eve, who are waiting for forever homes.
"Reach out to those other animals in need, and do it to honor Eve because yes, she's a sweetheart and yes, that story is heartbreaking, but let's see if the sadness can be turned into hope for thousands of other animals," Vanderau said.
With such a sweet demeanor, it is difficult to understand why this dog has had to endure so much pain, but none of it has broken her spirit. Although she is still very weak, Eve has never stopped giving kisses or wagging her tail. It's an attitude that's inspiring.
Vanderau summed it up, saying, "One thing you can learn from this dog, regardless of what happens in the future even when life is awful, give it a tail wag."
To learn more about helping the animals at the Cumberland Valley Animal Shelter, visit their website at www.cvas-pets.org.