Emaciated dog found in Southfield needs your help

SOUTHFIELD, Mich. (WXYZ) - An emaciated dog named Scarlett was found roaming alone in a Southfield neighborhood.

She's an Irish Setter who is supposed to weigh at least 60 pounds, but weighs just 36 pounds.

Lisa McVeigh is the general manager at Almost Home Animal Haven of Southfield.

"It's heartbreaking. The volunteers are teary eyed. It's emotional to see a dog in this situation," says McVeigh.

Scarlett was recently brought there by the Southfield police department's animal warden Robert White. He got calls from residents worried about an emaciated dog. He found Scarlett roaming around the neighborhood alone.

"There's neglect ...but this is cruelty," says White.

He found the dog's owner who claimed he'd been trying to feed the dog, but was having trouble. He's now facing animal cruelty charges.

"When it gets to this point, you have to take her to the vet and reach out to those resources that are available out there," says White.

McVeigh says Scarlett is so thin it's not easy for her to even walk. She's taken some steroid medication and is now starting to eat.

She still needs blood work and checks with the veterinarian to find out if there are any other underlying issues.

"We're gonna nurse her back. I have high hopes for that," says McVeigh.

If you'd like to help with Scarlett's medical bills or learn about fostering her, go to Almost Home's website at http://www.almosthomeanimals.org/

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