Dogs Found Emaciated In Croatan Forest Get 2nd Chance At Life

Officials are looking for anyone with information about two great dane dogs left for dead in the Croatan National Forest last week near the Craven-Jones County line. The dogs were found malnourished and weak, but they survived.

Officials say they've never seen dogs so skinny and they had to be neglected for months to be as thin as they are.

The dogs, Shellie and Paddy, were found last Wednesday on Catfish Lake Road in the Croatan National Forest near the Craven-Jones County line. Shellie, the skinnier of the two, was too weak to get herself out of a ditch. She was only 44 pounds when they found her. Paddy, who is believed to be her sister, was 58 pounds. Since they were found, Shellie has gained 11 pounds and Paddy has gained two. Craven Pamlico Animal Services says they believe the dogs are about a year old, and a healthy weight for Great Danes that age is between 80 and 90 pounds.

Animal control supervisor, Trinity Smith says although the dogs are in bad shape it was clear they hadn't been in the Croatan National Forest for too long.

"The condition of them although they were skinny they were relatively clean. They didn't have any ticks, their pads were in good shape. Their claws were in good shape. They didn't have any scratches that we see with dogs that have been running so I do think that they were dumped there," said Smith.

The dogs have been turned over to the Mid-Atlantic Great Dane Rescue League. Volunteers say it will take at least 6 months to get them healthy.

Anyone with information about where these dogs came from is asked to contact the Craven Pamlico Animal Services, tips can be anonymous. Also if you would like to help Shellie and Paddy donations can be made at the link below.

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