A black female husky was rescued from the brink of starvation three weeks ago.
Sandy Trerice spotted the sickly looking dog slowly stumbling across the street from her office in Ross River.
“She was so emaciated,” she said.
“It looked like she had a big tumour on her side.”
This “tumour” turned out to be the dog’s ribs.
The dog would have been lucky to have three days left to live, said Trerice, who has rescued several dogs.
She got the dog into her vehicle and contacted the RCMP thinking that they would know the animal and its owner.
But police didn’t recognize the dog.
Based on her weakened state, officers were surprised wolves hadn’t eaten the dog.
The animal weighed just 12 kilograms when she was rescued. The dog needed an IV because she was so dehydrated.
“She was literally just skin and bones,” said Trerice.
“It was hard to even touch her — it was horrendous.”
Trerice fed the dog chicken noodle soup and slowly nursed the animal back to health.
She was only able to take the dog for short walks because it was so weak.
In deep snow, the dog just fell over.
At first, Trerice assumed the dog had been tied up and gotten loose, but there were no marks around its neck.
And the dog didn’t seem to be abused.
“Despite her state of starvation, she was nice and calm although probably because she was so weak,” said Trerice.
“She has been trained and knows how to sit and knows ‘no.’”
The dog, temporarily named Mouzy, looks and acts as if she were a sled dog, said Trerice.
“Hopefully she has an owner who lost hope of finding her.”
Trerice hopes to find Mouzy’s original owner or, failing that, any other good home.
“She’s such a kind, gentle dog and she’s been through so much,” said Trerice.
“She deserves a second chance.”
The dog is a female black husky with a white muzzle and feet.
Anyone with any information about the dog’s origin can contact Trerice at 334-1968.