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Emaciated & Dying Dog's Amazing Transformation

By Emma Reyes  
LIFE   :   JULY 25, 2013

When Patrick was found, he was emaciated and abandoned. His cruel owner starved him until he was nearly dead, threw him down a garbage chute that was 22 stories high and left him for dead. A maintenance worker found the poor puppy before he was put into the trash compactor, cold and almost dead.

The City of Newark Animal Control was contacted and ACO Arthur Skinner picked up the dog and brought him directly to the Humane Society. This was his amazing transformation:

When Patrick was found, he was so badly emaciated he was thought to be dead.

When Patrick was found, he was so badly emaciated he was thought to be dead.

His bones stuck out all over his body, his eyes bulged and he was begging for help.

His bones stuck out all over his body, his eyes bulged and he was begging for help.

He was a skeleton of a dog.

He was a skeleton of a dog.

He was given fluids immediately; his case was so severe that vets weren't sure if he could be saved.

He was given fluids immediately; his case was so severe that vets weren't sure if he could be saved.

Slowly, he realized he was in good hands.

Slowly, he realized he was in good hands.

His treatment before was cruel, but he was about to change.

His treatment before was cruel, but he was about to change.

Day by day, he improved. He gained weight, he grew back fur and he began to look like a dog.

Day by day, he improved. He gained weight, he grew back fur and he began to look like a dog.

Then, he was unrecognizable he looked so healthy.

Then, he was unrecognizable he looked so healthy.

Patrick the wonder dog, acting like dogs should.

Patrick the wonder dog, acting like dogs should.

Thank you to every volunteer and vet that helped restore Patrick to glory; his transformation is unbelievable.

Thank you to every volunteer and vet that helped restore Patrick to glory; his transformation is unbelievable.

He was given a blood transfusion, a bath and 24 hour emergency care for the longest time. He was named Patrick after St. Patrick; his rescuers thought he was lucky. He should have been dead, but he grew into a happy and healthy dog.

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