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Web Exclusive: Starving dog in Dallas fighting to survive

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(CNN/KTVT) - It's painful to see, and horrifying to think about.  A dog found starving to death in Dallas, with a rusted metal can wrapped around her neck.  Luckily for "Olivia", a Good Samaritan spotted her and brought her in for treatment.  

A rusted can wrapped around her throat, this dog named Olivia was slowly starving, when she arrived at the Dallas Animal Shelter. Rescuers peeled apart the metal slicing deep into her skin to find her battling infection, too.  "All of this was completely cut into, into the flesh over an inch deep, because the can had likely been over her neck for over a month," says Melody Hamilton,  
Animal Allies of Texas. 

Melody Hamilton is with Animal Allies of Texas, the group now overseeing Olivia's care. She's not sure how the can got around the dog's neck, but she has her suspicions.  "I don't think she just slipped this on. This wasn't her looking for a meal.  I think someone put it on her.  And I can't even imagine why, other than to be sadistic and cruel," says Melody Hamilton, Animal Allies of Texas. 

Olivia wasn't alone, though, when an animal advocate found her in South Dallas. Standing guard was Joshua.  "He was standing right by her side as she was laying on the ground," says Jody Jones, Dallas Animal Services. 

Healthy and well-nourished, he doesn't appear to have come from the same home. But somehow along the way, he became Olivia's friend... Maybe even her protector.  "When the rescuers took the dog into the vehicle, Josh was more than happy to go along for the ride," says Jody Jones, Dallas Animal Services. 

With Olivia still struggling, it's hard to tell how this story will end.  "My hope and my prayers is that she survives," says Melody Hamilton, Animal Allies of Texas. 

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