CLINTON, Md. — English Mastiff Violet is lucky to be alive today, after animal control picked her up from the side of the road following a phone tip. The person who called in, had just witnessed the dog being thrown out of a car and knew that she was in dire need of assistance. The dog weighed a measly 54 pounds upon her rescue, which is nearly 100 pounds below the weight her breed is supposed to be.
Not long after being picked up, the emaciated dog was transferred to the Mutts Matter Rescue where she would receive treatment and be placed under the loving care of foster Debbie Gretz. Gretz has fostered a number of special needs dogs in the past and was in the ideal position to nurse Violet back to health. She reveals that it will take the dog approximately six months to get her back up to a normal weight. As of right now the dogs ribs are still protruding and her head looks far too big for her body.
For now Violet is living with Gretz at Fat Dog Farm in Haymarket, Virgina and she is slowly learning to appreciate life again. Greta says that Violet has learned to climb up and down the stairs and that she loves running around the house. As for the individuals responsible for starving Violet and then dumping her on the side of the road, police are still searching for them. Authorities are offering a $5000 reward to anyone who has information about the suspects and could lead to their arrest. If you want to help Violet in her recovery, consider making a donation to Mutts Matter.
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