"Miracle" dog recovering in Herkimer County
MOHAWK — The 6-year-old dog abandoned outside the Herkimer County Humane Society is recovering and is in much better health, according to Humane Society officials.
No arrests have been made so far for the person who abandoned her Thursday evening.
Authorities said the female pit bull was abandoned by a man in the parking lot of the Herkimer County Humane Society around 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 2. The building was closed and all employees had gone home. The abandonment was captured on security cameras, and officials said the dog immediately ran out onto Route 5S and was hit by a passing car.
Volunteers with the society and from the community spent several hours searching for the dog late into the night on Thursday, and then again on Friday. Officials said the dog was found huddled under a shrubbery around 1 p.m. Friday in sub-zero temperatures.
The dog has been named "Miracle" since being recovered, according to the Humane Society.
"It is obvious that she had many litters and this excessive breeding has led to her body showing the consequences, along with lack of vet care," officials wrote on social media.
"She is now under the care of our veterinarian and, when stronger, will undergo mammary surgery and spay."
Officials said Miracle suffered an ear infection, tested positive for Lyme disease and was infested with fleas, all of which are being treated.
Officials said the search remains ongoing for the man who abandoned Miracle in the parking lot. Abandoning dogs is illegal in New York State.
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