Rescue dog recovering after being found in 'extreme distress'
One week after the Walton County Animal Rescue received an anonymous tip about animal abuse, Hope, the dog, is getting a second chance at finding a loving family.
Animal rescue officials say they found Hope and another dog emaciated and in extreme distress.
"Severely underweight, malnourished, just bones and skin, she had legions all over her skin," said Tony Espinoza, a pet foster parent.
One of the dogs passed away... But animal rescue leaders say they are just glad they were able to save Hope.
"If you save one animal, that's a good day. A lot of people can't say they rescued an animal, so if we rescue one animal that's a good day for us," said Tina Barker, Animal Services Manager.
Hope is being fostered while she gets special medical attention.
"Health-wise, we give them worm medication, antibiotics, basically whatever the animal needs, we work under the direction of Doctor Blackwood, our vet," said Espinoza.
Once Hope's vet decides she is healthy, she will be up for adoption.
Espinoza said Hope is curious and loves exploring.
"She's a lot more relaxed, she plays now, she runs and she scampers and she's so curious. She plays with toys now versus when she got here she was very clingy and very tail between the legs and scared," Espinoza said.
It could be two weeks or more before Hope leaves Espinoza’s home to find her forever home.
The Walton County Animal Shelter says if you are considering getting a new pet this holiday season, do your research first and make sure you understand that pets are a major time commitment.