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Franklin Lakes Animal Hospital Saves Emaciated Dog In Time For New Year

Calista is on the road to recovery in a foster home. Photo Credit: A Pathway To Hope
Calista gives kisses to a Franklin Lakes Animal Hospital technician. Photo Credit: Amy Hofer

FRANKLIN LAKES, N.J. — Two days after being brought to the Franklin Lakes Animal Hospital, a starved and emaciated pit bull is ringing in the new year with a foster family, Lead Technician Kathy DeBlock said.

A Pathway To Hope Rescue in North Haledon was contacted by animal control on Tuesday morning after concerned neighbors found Calista, 3, wandering around outside — her ribcage protruding from her body.

“She’s doing amazingly well considering her condition,” A Pathway to Hope President Amy Hofer told Daily Voice. “It’s sort of surprising to us because even with her being as emaciated as she is, she doesn’t know it.”

Stray dogs are often in "bad shape" both physically and mentally when they're first rescued. But Hofer and her colleagues were pleasantly surprised at how well-socialized Calista is.

"She's craving love and attention," said Hofer, pointing to Calista's resilience and friendliness.

Calista will eventually be put up for adoption pending any health issues, DeBlock said.

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