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Animal shelter: stray dog is half of healthy weight

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The Cumberland Valley Animal Shelter is looking for information about an American Pit Bull Terrier who was turned over to the animal hospital weighing half of her healthy weight.

Shelter Manager Jennifer Merletti said the 3-year-old American Pit Bull Terrier, who they named Eve, arrived on Thursday weighing 25 pounds with a temperatures so low that it didn't register on a thermometer. Eve was allegedly found near Falling Spring Road in Chambersburg.

Merletti said the healthy weight for a dog Eve's size and age is about 50 pounds.

"She apparently couldn't move when she first arrived and it was a real worry that they couldn't get a temp on her," Merletti said.

After four hours of fluids and heat, staff at Lincoln Way Animal Hospital were able to get Eve's temperature up to 92 degrees Fahrenheit.

"She wagged her tail for them once her temp came up," Merletti said. "But...she's not out of the woods yet."

The average temperature for dogs is 101.5 degrees Fahrenheit. Eve's vet is recommending guarded optimism with Eve's condition and is taking it day by day.

Merletti said diagnostic test have not revealed a reason as to why Eve is so thin.

The animal shelter is asking that anyone with information on Eve's background or owner call 717-263-5791. 

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