Former NC police K9 makes ‘miraculous recovery’ after weeks of neglect

VASS, N.C. (WNCN) – A former police K9 in the Sandhills area has made a “miraculous recovery” after she was found tethered in a backyard with little to no food and water for several weeks.

Hope, a German Shepherd, was seized from a home in Hoke County and has since been recovering at several animal hospitals.

“We weren’t sure if she was going to be able to pull through,” said Becky Sasala with Tilted Acres Rescue & Adoption, an organization helping with Hope’s recovery. “It was touch and go with her for a while.”

Hope was given a blood transfusion and has since shown great signs of recovery. On Monday, she was able to standup and walk around.

“It shows just how much spirit the dog has,” said Sasala. “That she’s been able to come back from being so close to being starved.”

The pet rescue organization helping Hope says it’s the worst case they’ve been involved in and they’re shocked by the amount of neglect in this case. Hope currently only weighs 39 pounds, about half of what a German Shepherd should weigh.

“If you pet her and touch her body, you can feel her bones,” said Sassala. “Every single bone in her ribs, her hip bones, every bone is clearly felt through her skin.”

It’s not known which law enforcement agency Hope served as a K9 unit for, but the organization says she was adopted out upon her retirement.

The Hoke County Sheriff’s Office and Animal Control are investigating and determining whether or not charges will be brought forward. The location of the home where the dog was seized has not yet been released.

If you’d like to help support Hope’s recovery, a GoFundMe can be found here.

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