Veterinarian Andy Mathis had to make a life-or-death decision for Graycie Claire.
The two-year-old pit bull mix was found abandoned on a dirt road in Georgia late January by a Good Samaritan. She was emaciated, dehydrated, anemic and suffering from a vaginal prolapse.
She was brought to Granite Hills Animal Care in Elberton, Ga., where veterinarian Andy Mathis wondered whether she was too injured and should be euthanized. Compelled to give her a second chance, Mathis took her to the emergency room where she was evaluated and treated.
Since then, Mathis has been treating Graycie, helping her regain weight and fix her prolapse by spaying her. She’s also learning to adapt to her new surroundings and socialize with people and other pets.
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However the scared pup would often retreat into the corner, so Mathis decided to help her feel more comfortable around humans by sharing her cage during breakfast.
“She’s still quite timid around me. I’m spending time with her so she’s not scared of me,” Mathis told ABC News.
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Mathis wrote on Facebook that Graycie needs to recover further before she’s ready for adoption.
“She’s got to learn to trust people, walk on a leash,” he wrote. “She decides how fast, or slow, things progress.”
The vet hopes Graycie’s story will help raise awareness for other pets looking for a forever home.