Starving dog discovered in Richmond; cruelty investigation underway

Starving dog discovered in Richmond; cruelty investigation underway

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - A dog, close to death, was found by an officer just after Thanksgiving. Now, the dog is trying to survive through help of the Richmond Animal Care and Control.

The RACC is calling on the community to help save Lexington, or "Lex", while also urging the public to help solve the apparent animal abuse case.

"Lex was found by Officer Leinberger the day after Thanksgiving nearly starved to death close to Jennie Sher and E. Richmond Road. Within 12 hours, Lex was unable to stand and having multiple seizures," wrote RACC staff on Facebook.

"He crashed, hard. He was having multiple seizures so we ran him over to the emergency clinic. He was on anti-seizure meds and he was on IV fluids for 2 hours to beef back up, he was quickly shutting down," said Christie Chipps Peters, the director of RACC as she sat next to Lex.

She truly believes he would have died that night if that officer had not found him.

Lex was taken to VESC in Carytown where he has been undergoing treatment, including being put on fluids and anti-seizure medications. He is still being hospitalized.

"This condition is better than he looked three days ago, if you can imagine," said Peters. She believes he is 3-4 years old, and despite his circumstances is an incredibly sweet pup.

"He's so sweet and kind and nice. Dogs like this who have been through the ringer seem to know, seem to know were trying to help them," she said.

RACC is also asking the community to take advantage of "Giving Tuesday" by giving to the organization to help animals like Lex.

"He's such a miracle story. We love the underdog, literally. We put him on our Facebook page because today is Giving Tuesday. So, in the spirit of giving, we hope people support our organization. The foundation does incredible things, pays for surgeries and treatment like his that our city budget just can't afford," said Peters.

They hope to find him a foster home if he recovers, one that will lead to his forever home and will help him during this healing process. They also want people to share his picture in the event someone may recognize him and provide information for their ongoing cruelty investigation.

RACC will be accepting applications for those foster families this weekend, after monitoring Lex's condition for the rest of the week.

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