Dog found starving in Richmond is ready for a new home

Dog found starving in Richmond is ready for a new home

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - A severely neglected dog is ready for a new home.

When a neighbor originally spotted Cameron she thought that he was dead. Instead, he weighed just 18-pounds and the shelter staff didn't think he'd make it.

"We could not believe it ... literally, this dog could not stand unassisted and had a body score of zero (if there was a zero)," said Richmond Animal Care and Control in a Facebook post on Monday.

Now he's flourishing and has more than doubled his weight. You'd never know a few short weeks ago he was on the brink of death.

"We see horrific things every single day, unfortunately," explains Richmond Animal Care and Control Director Christie Chipps Peters. "He was the most emaciated dog that was still alive."

A neighbor called in after a roofer spotted Cameron in a backyard. When he was seized by animal control, his bones showed through his coat and he couldn't stand on his own.

"We were all astounded he was still living," said Peters. "We have had dogs that have passed away from starvation that were not as skinny as he was."

With patience and a lot of love and care, Cameron came back little by little - gaining weight and learning to trust again. More than a month after he was found, he now weighs 43 pounds.

"To see this transformation from what we had seen him come from has been miraculous," said Peters. "It really is an incredible success story."

If you think Cameron would be an ideal addition to your family, the shelter is taking applications Wednesday through Friday. The staff hopes to make a decision this weekend.

The Richmond Animal Care and Control is located at 1600 Chamberlayne Avenue, Richmond. The hours are Wednesday through Friday, 12 – 7p.m.

Staff says Cameron would probably do best with a family that has older children. He's good with other dogs, but probably not cats.

Animal Control tells NBC12, Cameron's former owner has been charged with animal cruelty.

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