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Malnourished dog recovering, group says one of the worse cases they've seen

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It's one of the worst cases of animal abuse that rescue workers have ever seen, a dog withered down to just skin and bones, miraculously still alive.

Now that dog is getting a second chance at life.

Catalina is now in the caring hands of a non-profit organization called Medical Animals In Need. MAIN got her last week, and they did not know if she was going to make it.

Now, slowly but surely, Catalina is showing some major signs of improvement in just a short time thanks to some amazing volunteers. Her life is now surrounded by people who love and care for her, a far cry from where she came from.

"If she had stayed at the shelter even a day later she may not have made it," said Melissa Simpson.

The five year-old dog, a pit bull mix, was brought to Maricopa County Animal Care & Control last week. They immediately handed her over to MAIN.  The group does not know the back story of how Catalina got to the shelter or who did this to her, they're just focusing on getting her well.

"She should be at a healthy weight of 80 pounds, but she currently only at 38 pounds," said Simpson.

Volunteers say this is the worst case of animal neglect they've ever seen.

"I couldn't stop crying, the tears wouldn't stop coming because it's hard to see an animal in that condition for god only knows how long, so it's been hard on everybody," she said.

Besides what you can see her frail frame and unsteady walk, she has valley fever and tick fever that has affected her eyesight.

Catalina is now in a foster home where she is being fed and cared for 24 hours a day and getting the love and affection she may have never had.

"You can see she's a fighter, and she definitely has that will," said Simpson.

Once she is well enough, she will be put up for adoption.

For more information on MAIN and how you can help Catalina visit: www.medicalanimalsinneed.com

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