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'So Close To Death': Dog Found Emaciated, Dehydrated And Abandoned Slowly Recovering

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) - A small dog that was found abandoned on a porch, "just a few hours from death" is slowly making a recovery with the help of Paws Across Pittsburgh.

According to the non-profit and Springdale-based animal rescue Paws Across Pittsburgh, Spice was found by animal rescuers emaciated, dehydrated, suffering from hydrothermia and abandoned on a porch.

WELCOME Spice to Paws. This little guy was found by fellow rescuers and he was in very bad shape. Apparently left on...

Posted by Paws Across Pittsburgh on Tuesday, November 5, 2019

In Facebook posts shared about Spice's rescue and road to recovery, they say he was in such bad shape and "so close to death," vets struggled to find a vein to draw blood from. His right eye was also injured, and they say it may need to be removed in the future.

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(Photo Credit: Paws Against Pittsburgh/Facebook)

On Sunday, Spice had a visit with the vet. His body mass was reportedly between one and two, with the perfect body mass being nine.

Spice pupdate!!!! Week 2 Spice is at 7# and now scooting to get what he wants! He had his first visit with Dr. Alley and...

Posted by Paws Across Pittsburgh on Monday, November 11, 2019

They report the cost of Spice's medical attention -- which he still requires more of -- tallies upwards to $4,000. Spearheading the fundraising efforts for him, Paws Across Pittsburgh has raised over $2,200 so far.

"We already have fallen in love with this guy and will do whatever it takes to make him better," the Facebook post says.

paws across pittsburgh spice
(Photo Credit: Paws Against Pittsburgh/Facebook)

Spice is now living with a medical foster right now, being monitored and supervised 24 hours a day. They say he's on fluids, several medications and is eating special food in small amounts throughout the day.

The rescue group has not said if they plan to seek charges against Spice's alleged abuser.

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