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Henry County abandoned dog rescued, faces tough recovery

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Courtesy: Martinsville-Henry County SPCA Courtesy: Martinsville-Henry County SPCA
Courtesy: Martinsville-Henry County SPCA Courtesy: Martinsville-Henry County SPCA
HENRY COUNTY, VA -

An abandoned dog named "Rumor" faces a long road to recovery, after being rescued by Henry County Animal Control.

The Martinsville-Henry County SPCA tells WSLS that an anonymous tip led to Rumor's location.  Officers found the three-year-old terrier mix emaciated, with no food or water, and only a dilapidated dog house for shelter.  Rumor's rib cage, spinal column, and pates of her skull were visible when Animal Control found her.

The SPCA says Rumor's owner has since pleaded guilty to animal cruelty.

As for Rumor's recovery, the SPCA says she is in good spirits, but the damage is great.  Ulcers are deep in Rumor's body, and will take a long time to heal.

The SPCA says it is giving Rumor plenty of food, medical attention, and the love she deserves.  SPCA workers describe Rumor's eyes lighting up whenever she feels a person's gentle touch.

The SPCA's Angel Fund helps care for mistreated pets.

"Taking care of our animals is a whole community job.  It takes all of us to ensure they're well taken care of," explained Leslie Hervey executive director of the SPCA of Martinsville-Henry County, in an e-mail.

If you would like to make a donation:

Call the Martinsville-Henry County SPCA at 276-638-7297

Mail a check to: SPCA of Martinsville-Henry County, 132 Joseph Martin Highway, Martinsville, VA 24112

Log on to the SPCA's website: www.spcamhc.org