Trooper was found lying on the side of the road. He was so weak he couldn’t walk or even stand on his own. We believe he had been dumped to die. He had nothing left to give, weighing 15 pounds with no muscle or fat left to fuel his body and only hours from death. A comparable healthy dog of his age should weight approximately ____ pounds. His frail body couldn’t take much more. He was brought into our Shelter by a local dog control officer and taken to the vet immediately. Trooper received intensive medical care for two weeks and kept fighting to survive. He was malnourished and his blood platelets extremely low. His medical expenses will be significant his special food alone is extremely costly. Blood work will be repeated every two weeks until he is in the clear. Although he’s been released from the hospital, he still requires around the clock care and attention; he is currently under the watchful eye of the Shelter Director day and night. It is apparent from his condition that he had been nearly starved to death. No owner has been located and he was not on the run, as he had no energy to move. This poor boy as dumped and left to die…thankfully he didn’t. The Animal Shelter of Schoharie Valley is a 501c3 Non-Profit Animal Shelter run by our Shelter Director and a small team of dedicated, compassionate staff. Our Board of Directors are all volunteers who devote an enormous amount of time fundraising each year to “keep the lights on” at the Shelter and care for animals like Trooper. Donations to help fund Trooper’s medical expenses and ongoing care are greatly appreciated and tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law. Please find it in your heart to donate. Thank you.