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MINNETONKA, Minn. - A stray dog found sick and starving in a St. Paul neighborhood is now on the road to recovery.

Mollie, likely a Greyhound/Pitbull mix, was found by a resident and brought to a local animal shelter Monday night. The dog weighed just seven pounds and was barely alive. Shelter employees feared she wouldn't make it through the night.

"She was cold to touch. She wasn't moving. If she put food on her mouth, she would just kind of gag and it didn't go down well at all," said Rachel Mairose, Directorof Secondhand Hounds in Minnetonka.

Mairose offered to take the dog from the animal shelter and get her the critical veterinary care she needed.

"The biggest issue right now is that she's starved," she said. "She's seven pounds, she should be a 25 pound dog or so. She's just tiny."

Since Mollie was found in this condition, no one knowswhen she got sickor how she ended up alone inthe neighborhood.

"This doesn't happen overnight," said Mairose. "This takes weeks or months to happen."

The dog, named Mollie by the rescue group, is now receiving round the clock care. A dental exam showed she's between two and four years old. She is also being treated for parvo virus.

"She finally walked today for the first time, which was great because yesterday she couldn't even stand up," said Mairose. "She gave kisses for the first time."

Secondhand Hounds hopes she will eventually be healthy enough for adoption.

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