Emaciated dog found tied to tree in Pitt County gets adopted

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PITT COUNTY, N.C. (WITN) - Back in June, when an emaciated dog was found tied to a tree, veterinarians were unsure if she would survive.

Today, Tanzie, as she is called now, has made a complete recovery.

"She wants to meet new people," said Jennifer Matherly, who has fostered Tanzie through the organization Pitt Friends over the last four months. "You would never know the past she had. You might see some of the scars that are left over, but you would never know just by looking at her what she was just a few months ago."

The recovery process for Tanzie was a slow process, but lucky for her, she had someone special she didn't even know helping the entire time.

Ben Black began donating money to help cover the cost of Tanzie's recovery after hearing about her story on WITN.

On Friday, after months of waiting, he was finally able to adopt her.

"Seeing her from the very first pictures we all saw, and then seeing her today, where she has meat on her bones and she's smiling, it's hard for me to take my eyes off her," said Black, who resides in Surf City. "The first thing we're going to do when we get home? We're walking across the street to the beach and she's going to be able to experience the Atlantic Ocean and the beach for the first time."

As far as Tanzie's foster mom knows, there is no update on authorities finding the person responsible for tying up and abandoning Tanzie in the woods. Pitt-Greenville Crimestoppers were offering a $2,500 reward if you had information about Tanzie's previous owner.

If you are interested in helping out other dogs that come from situations similar to Tanize, you can always donate to organizations like Pitt Friends or become a foster home. For more information on how to get involved, you can visit pittfriends.com.

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It's an animal cruelty case that left many viewers saddened and angry.

A helpless dog was found by children deep in the woods in Pitt County, tied to a tree, with no food and very little water. Veterinarians believe she hadn't eaten for a month.

Thursday will be one month of recovery for Tanzie, a Pitbull Terrier.

When Tanzie was found last month, she was skin and bones at just 28 pounds, and she could barely raise her head.

Her caregiver with Pitt Friends, Jennifer Matherly, was concerned Tanzie may not make it.

"If she did survive, what kind of personality or demeanor would she have, was this a dog where too much damage was done," Matherly says she asked herself when she first got Tanzie.

Despite her fear, Tanzie is a happy girl making great progress.

"She's very social, she loves to explore, she's loving, she loves to explore and she's still very interested in food," Matherly says.

She says the other concern now is finding out how she got into this condition in the first place and finding the person responsible.

"I felt we had some good traction or a couple tips coming in when the story first hit, I haven't had an update, so I feel there is not information to share me, it's very discouraging to us," says Michele Whaley, the director of the Pitt County Animal Shelter.

Whaley says Tanzie's story is like so many happening across the nation. "I suggest this is a community problem to say, 'this is not acceptable in our community,' we have to work together to say this is not acceptable."

Because not every dog gets a second chance.

Tanzie has to gain about 20 more pounds to get to a health weight.

So far, Matherly suggest she be in a home with no children and maybe an older dog. This survivor may be available by this fall.

There is still a $2,500 reward through Pitt-Greenville Crimestoppers if you have information about Tanzie's previous owner.