Photos: Autumn recovering in Utica
Utica (WSYR-TV) – She’s still not out of the woods yet, but a severely malnourished dog found in Utica last week is improving.
Autumn is being cared for by the Stevens Swan Humane Society in Utica, which says the public's support has been crucial in her recovery.
The people caring for her at Stevens Swan say the dog is happy, eating and drinking very well, and has already gained two and a half pounds since she was found on Thursday, Sept. 19.
"She's not a fighting dog, but she is a fighter. She's in very good spirits. If she was a normal dog you would think nothing else, oh, she's a happy healthy dog," said John Treen, the Shelter Manager at Stevens Swan Humane Society.
Autumn was nearly half her normal weight when she was found running stray with a shoelace tied around her neck in Utica last week.
Vets have since found bone fragments in her stomach, they believe the result of being fed or rummaging through garbage for something to eat.
Staff at Steven Swan say her care has been extensive and would not be possible without donations from the public.
"It’s great to see people supporting the community and supporting the animals. Without their help, we wouldn't be able to take care of an animal like that," Treen said.
The staff at Steven Swan say Autumn has made significant progress as she has passed all the bones that were in her G.I. tract.
Treen says they are not putting Autumn up for adoption right now because she still has extensive care ahead.
He says they will alert the public when they feel she's ready for a new home.
The Stevens Swan Humane Society
is accepting monetary donations, dog beds and toys.
You can send them to:
5664 Horatio Street
Utica, NY 13502
Anyone with information about the dog or her owner should call the Stevens Swan Humane Society at (315) 738-4357.