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Starved Great Dane ate own foot to survive, shelter says

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Posted at 2:09 PM, Dec 05, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-05 15:09:51-05

WARE SHOALS, SC (RNN) — The owners of a starved Great Dane that ate one of his own feet to survive are charged with ill treatment of animals, the Associated Press reported.

The 6-year-old dog is clinging to life, according to North’s Arks Rescue, the rescue group that’s taking care of him.

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“LUKE is Back in ICU and is Critical,” a post on the organization’s Facebook said on Tuesday.

“Luke took a turn for the worse this morning, and we had to postpone surgery on his limb. The respiratory infection we had been treating him for came back with a vengeance, and we decided he could not undergo anesthesia under these conditions.”

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Late last month, Ware Shoals police officers got a call about a "very skinny" Great Dane missing over half his back right leg.

The 6-year-old dog was tied to a metal pole, and officers say there wasn't a food or water bowl nearby, according to a police report.

Owners Jessica James and Skylar Craft couldn't tell officers how long the dog had been tied up or how long he had been injured, the report said.

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