Info sought on emaciated stray dog
CHAMBERSBURG — The Cumberland Valley Animal Shelter is looking for any information that might lead to the owner of a stray animal turned over to Lincoln Way Animal Hospital on Thursday, Feb. 21.
The female, white-and-tan, 3-year-old American Pitbull terrier was allegedly found near Falling Spring Road and arrived weighing 25 pounds with a temperature so low that it didn't register on a thermometer.
"Healthy weight for a dog her size and age would be about 50 pounds," said Jennifer Merletti, shelter manager for CVAS. "She apparently couldn't move when she first arrived and it was a real worry that they couldn't get a temp on her."
After four hours of fluids and heat, staff at Lincoln Way Animal Hospital was able to get her temperature to 92 degrees.
"She wagged her tail for them once her temp came up," Merletti explained. "But the average temperature for a dog is 101.5 degrees so she's not out of the woods yet."
The hospital staff has named her Eve.
"They ran fecals and other diagnostics to see if there were physical reasons as to why she was so thin," Merletti explained. "Those tests came back negative."
At this point, the vet recommends guarded optimism with Eve's condition and taking it day by day.
CVAS asks that anyone who finds a stray animal within the shelter's service area bring him or her to the shelter at 5051 Letterkenny Road West.
Anyone with information on Eve's owner or background, contact the shelter at (717) 263-5791.