Abandoned dog gets new “leash” on life

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BRIDGEWATER TOWNSHIP, SUSQUEHANNA COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) – A dog found abandoned last year in Susquehanna County is getting a new “leash” on life.

In September, Eyewitness News brought you the story about a severely malnourished German Shepard which was found in the Springville area.

Since then, the dog has made an amazing recovery.

What a difference four months can make.

“Jerry” the German Shepard returned to the True Friends Animal Shelter near Montrose Friday afternoon but this time it was just for a quick visit.

That is because he has now found his forever home.

“He looked like this at one point in his life and then to be neglected and abused!” Lauri Pass of Herrick Township said.

Jerry looked much different back in September.

He was malnourished with a highly contagious skin disease and overgrown nails.

He was found abandoned in the area of Route 29 in Springville.

“When you see those pictures from the summer it’s just shocking what he looked like and what he is now!” Phil Pass of Herrick Township said.

After arriving at True Friends, Jerry first stayed with a foster family.

He then found the Pass family who continued to help nurse him back to good health.

It has been a long road filled with vet trips and visits to specialists at Cornell University for his skin condition.

All the while, his friends at True Friends were pulling for him.

“Jerry is a really special situation. He’s just such a wonderful dog who has been through so much. He’s looking forward to tomorrow!” True Friends Executive Director Dory Browning said.

Believe it or not, Jerry no longer needs medication.

He only needs good food and a lot of exercise.

“We love him. He does great with our other female shepherd and they kind of have fun and she needed a friend anyway so it all worked out really well!” Phil Pass said.

Last year, Jerry was just one of 550 dogs and cats rescued by True Friends Animal Shelter in Susquehanna County.

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