A dog left for weeks without food and water in the backyard of a home in San Antonio was rescued this week by an Austin area woman who runs a local animal rescue and rehab facility, and she came across the dog by chance.
"I was just amazed at how thin she was, but still so bright and active and friendly and sweet," says veterinarian Dr. Lisa Schroeder of White Rock Veterinary Hospital.
The dog, who has been named, Grace, likely wouldn't have been found if Kathryn Robinson hadn't taken a wrong turn. "Turns out it wasn't an accident, my GPS knew better than I did where I needed to be that day," Robinson tells FOX 7. She runs a non-profit rescue organization called "Kate to the Rescue." She went to San Antonio looking for a pregnant dog she had been told about at a gas station, but her GPS took her to a neighborhood instead where she started speaking with a resident.
"She informed me that across the street the gentleman had died several weeks earlier, but left the dog in the backyard and she said to me the dog was getting ready to die." Robinson found the pitbull mix tied to a dog house with no food or water and nearly every bone in her body showing. "Despite that, she was still happy as can be. (She was) happy to see me, like she'd just been waiting," says Robinson.
Grace will stay at Robinson's rescue facility in Pflugerville where many of the dogs are kept in a cage-free environment until they are adopted. "Our shelters are overwhelmed, so we're doing the best we can to help support these private rescue organizations," says Dr. Schroeder.
Grace is being treated for a tick-bourne illness and is slowly putting on weight. She should be ready for adoption in a few weeks. "Grace is on her way back to a healthy life and hopefully a healthy home."
For more information about Kate to the Rescue, click here: http://www.katetotherescue.net/