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Posted: Thursday, January 10, 2019 8:33 am

An emaciated and heartworm-ridden dog is being treated at Freeman-Fritts Animal Shelter.

The female dog, whom veterinarian Shelby Key estimates to be between 3 and 5 years old, was taken to the shelter Monday.

“A Good Samaritan brought her in,” she said. “They called her Blondie, so that’s what we’ve been using.”

Key believes Blondie was out in the wild for a while before she was taken to Freeman-Fritts. She also thinks she used to have an owner because she’s not afraid of humans.

Because of the heartworm, Blondie is estimated to be about 30 pounds. She’s supposed to be 60 pounds, Key said.

According to the American Heartworm Society, heartworms, which are caused by mosquitos, is a potentially fatal disease caused by foot-long worms that live in the heart, lungs and blood vessels. The parasite can cause lung disease and heart failure, in addition to other organ damage.

Symptoms of the disease include a mild persistent cough, reluctance to exercise, fatigue after moderate activity, decreased appetite and weight loss.

Prevention includes monthly chewable pills, topical medications and injectable medication that is given every six months.

Blondie will continue to be cared for at the shelter. Once she’s strong enough, Key will conduct a cardiac test to see how much damage there is.

She is hopeful Blondie will make a full recovery. Eventually, the pup will need to be fostered.

Anyone who wants to help, either with monetary donations for treatment or to foster her when the time is right, can call the shelter at 830-257-4144.

The shelter can be contacted via email, which also is the PayPal address of the shelter if people want to make donations directly.

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