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Senior Dog Belky Was Abandoned on a Highway, Unable to Walk. Now She's Adopted and Healthier Than Ever

 Obese Senior Dog Dumped on Michigan Highway Is Now Happy, Healthy, and in a Loving Home

Belky, 15, is now living her best life together with her favorite unicorn plushie, as she should.

Belky was in grave, grave trouble. The elderly, obese dog's family had abandoned her earlier this summer on the side of a Michigan highway, where she laid with puncture wounds that had become infested with maggots. 

Thankfully, a lover of that family who was conscious of things called local police, and Belky, unable to steer at age 15, was on her thanks to an infinitely better life. Once she received a bevy of medical aid , she was soon ready for a replacement home, again proving that senior dogs are even as deserve adoption as the other pup. 

"It's not their fault that they are old and they are not doing also ," says Breanna Dalton, who adopted Belky last month. "They need even as much love as they did once they were puppies."

After the family friend alerted the police on July 13, officers found Belky along Highway 696 in Saginaw and transported her to Saginaw County Animal Care and Control (SCAC). There, Belky quickly received veterinary care that made a huge difference.

"It started with an honest Samaritan who was willing to urge involved," Bonnie Kanicki, director of SCAC, tells Daily Paws. "We encourage people: If you see something, say something. And we're very fortunate that a lot of people do."

Belky's condition upon her rescue was dire. Kanicki says the pup had "severe" open wounds on her back, extensive hair loss, and was so overweight that she couldn't walk, giving SCAC reason to believe Belky was a victim of neglect. SCAC has since opened a cruelty investigation into Belky's previous owner.

"It was pretty clear that she had not been cared for for a really while ," Kanicki says.

According to her report provided to Daily Paws, veterinary staff shaved her matted fur, treated her wounds, and extricated the maggots. She also received flea treatment, vaccines, and much-needed medication to treat a thyroid condition that contributed to her obesity.

After several weeks of treatment, Kanicki reports that Belky's weight was down 20 lbs., her hair had grown back, and her wounds had closed. That meant she was finally able to find her new forever home.

SCAC posts often on Facebook about new rescues, asking their followers to love and Share in hopes of catching a possible adopter's attention. It worked. Staff at the Humane Society of Midland County saw a Facebook post featuring Belky and took her in, consistent with the Bissell Pet Foundation, whose latest "Empty the Shelters" event led to Belky's adoption. 

That's when Dalton found Belky. She saw during a post that Belky may be a senior dog with health problems and thought, "I want to be the one to assist her." Although senior dogs are often harder to adopt out, Dalton still was worried someone would scoop Belky up before she had the prospect to satisfy the sweet pup. "I got lucky for her to still be there subsequent day," she tells Daily Paws.

On Aug. 19, just a couple of days after being posted for adoption, Belky went with Dalton to her new forever range in Bay City, Mich. She was one among 1,805 pets adopted during Empty the Shelters that week. 

"To have brought [Belky] through her rehabilitation, to possess her get into an exquisite home, that's a hit story that inspires us to stay doing what we're doing here," Kanicki tells Daily Paws.

Belky's life has continued to enhance since her adoption last month. She's now taking meds twice each day for her thyroid issue and is already shedding weight, Dalton says. 

Dropping some pounds has little question helped Belky walk again, too. Unable to steer when she was rescued, she now loves walks, her new orthopedic dog bed next to the air-conditioner, and her favorite unicorn plushie.

"I won't have her long, but I'm getting to confirm she has the simplest time as long as I even have her," Dalton says. "We're not here for an extended time, but we're getting to be here for an excellent time."