Video shows veterinarian climb into kennel with abandoned dog to calm her

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(February 17, 2016) – A dog abandoned on a country road in Georgia has a new lease on life thanks to a loving veterinarian.

On Friday, January 29, someone called Granite Hills Animal Care after they found a stray dog in very, very bad shape. The dog had a collar so someone had owned her at some point in time, but they dumped her out in the middle of nowhere.

Veterinarian Andy Mathis took her in; she was in such bad shape he was afraid he’d have to euthanize her. She was emaciated, starved (weighing only 20 pounds), dehydrated, hypothermic, anemic, and she had a prolapsed uterus.

Mathis reached out on Facebook for advice from friends, and he got an overwhelming response urging him to try to save the dog. They immediately started raising money to get her emergency care at the University of Georgia.

The doctors at UGA were able to get her temp back up, reduce her prolapse temporarily, and rehydrate her. Her blood levels were low, but Mathis couldn't afford a transfusion. So Mathis brought her back to Granite Hills late Sunday night to see if her blood levels would improve with more time. She had a urinary catheter in place as she couldn't urinate on her own with the prolapse.

Throughout the next week the dog recovered at Granite Hills, gaining weight and improving her blood levels. Mathis shared the dog’s progress on his Facebook page, and friends helped name her Graycie Claire.

Mathis spayed her last week to fix the prolapsed uterus, but she wasn’t eating comfortably. So Mathis decided to sit in the cage with her to encourage her to eat. And as evident in the video, it worked!

“Hopefully, she'll learn to trust people quickly, and be ready for a home and family very soon,” said Mathis.

The video received an overwhelming response, and it’s been viewed over six million times.

Mathis would like to add that if anyone wishes to donate for her care you can find the donation link here. The hospital name is Granite Hills Animal Care.

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