Abandoned dog taken in by N. Spokane veterinarian




Posted on December 24, 2013 at 6:04 PM

Updated Tuesday, Dec 24 at 7:01 PM

SPOKANE, Wash.—A Boston Terrier is recovering after he was found abandoned and starved in Stevens County in mid December.

More than 100 people have offered to help him.

The terrier named Marvin was found curled up on someone’s deck. He was cold, starved and six pounds underweight.

"That's extreme. If you think about it, it's about a third of his body weight,” said veterinary technician Jill Shovelier.

Marvin also had a number of untreated injuries on his back and legs. The Indian Trail Animal Hospital in North Spokane normally does not take in strays, but veterinarians could not say no to Marvin.

"It breaks my heart if he was dumped, especially with the weather we've had. There was no chance he'd be found-- we're lucky he was,” said Shovelier.

Doctors treated Marvin’s wounds in the following week after he was found.

One woman shared his story on Facebook, and since then phones have been ringing off the hook with people offering to help.

“About 20 calls a day. So it's really nice to see the outpour of support for this little guy,” said veterinary receptionist Tobi Carl.

People have called from as far away as Colorado. One person even offered to fly Marvin to his new home. Dozens more hope to adopt him.

Veterinarians are trying to find the best fit for Marvin. He is going to need a lot more medical care.

You can help Marvin by donating to his fund here.