ONEONTA, N.Y. — A New York man was arrested on animal cruelty charges after authorities said his German shepherd gnawed off one of her legs while chained outside.
On Nov. 14, a UPS driver spotted the dog and called police, saying its "leg had been blown off," The Associated Press reported.
"She was found with no food and water, living outside in a plastic crate with hay inside," said police, calling the dog Zoe in a Facebook post.
The Susquehanna SPCA, which is caring for the approximately 9-year-old dog, rushed her to a clinic, the AP reported. A veterinarian told the news outlet that Zoe's "leg was probably injured, and she was trying to take care of it herself." She also "is anemic, has a heart murmur and very likely has cancer," the SPCA said.
In a Wednesday Facebook post, the group said Zoe was recovering from surgery at the Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine Animal Hospital.
"The surgeons say they believe they were able to fully remove the mass and successfully amputate her leg," read the post, adding that the dog "is doing well."
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