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Dog found lying lifeless in backyard of vacant Baltimore home, BARCS seeking donations for medical care

Posted at 11:46 AM, Apr 07, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-07 12:01:55-04

BALTIMORE — Monday morning, Baltimore City Animal Control officers responded to a call about a dog lying lifeless in the backyard of a vacant house in the Penn North neighborhood.

Concerned citizens had gathered to meet the officers, but none of them were familiar with the dog.

BARCS says Sophie—as she was named—was so weak she was unable to walk or even lift her head. Every part of her body was sunken in and it was clear she hadn’t eaten for a long time.

The officers carried her out of the yard and rushed her to BARCS.

Despite being found in the sunshine, Sophie’s body was hypothermic from her severe emaciation. She weighed just 17 pounds this morning—one of the worst cases of starvation BARCS has ever seen.

According to BARCS, a dog Sophie’s size should be closer to 40-50 pounds. They could see every bone in her body, including the indents of her skull.

Sophie was only at BARCS shelter briefly before being taken to a partnering Franky Fund clinic ER, where she is currently fighting for her life.

BARCS is seeking donations to save Sophie’s life:

Their Franky Fund supports the medical bills of animals critically injured or victims of extreme abuse and neglect and is an essential service in our community.

When you give to the Franky Fund, 100 percent of your donation goes directly to medical care.

To make a donation to the Franky Fund, go to the BARCS website at

The fund relies completely on private donations from their supporters.

When you give to the Franky Fund, 100 percent of your donation goes directly to animals with extraordinary medical needs like Sophie.

Donations exceeding the cost of Sophie's medical bills will help other animals currently under the care of the Franky Fund.

Additionally, if you have any information on this case, Baltimore City Animal Control is asking you to please call the Animal Abuse Unit at 443-681-0101.