Anyone with information is asked to call the Delaware Animal Services hotline at 302-255-4646.

The Office of Animal Welfare is seeking help to find who is responsible for the neglect and abandonment of an emaciated dog left on the side of a road Monday night.

Animal neglect and abandonment is considered animal cruelty in Delaware and is punishable by law. 

Anyone with information is asked to call the Delaware Animal Services hotline at 302-255-4646.

The DAS unit was contacted Monday about 10 p.m. by a person who reported a very thin and weak female dog was left in the 200 block of Main Street, St. Georges. A DAS officer arrived and took the dog to the Brandywine Valley SPCA shelter in New Castle. BVSPCA staff named her "Miracle."

"Miracle was severely emaciated and we weren’t sure she would survive," said Chief Mark Tobin, DAS supervisor. "Fortunately, DAS was contacted immediately and she is receiving the care needed to help her recover."

Miracle arrived at the shelter weighing just 27 pounds. BVSPCA’s medical team has begun an extensive rehabilitation plan, including a special feeding diet and treatment for parasites, to bring Miracle back up to a healthy weight which is nearly double her current weight. She is stable and alert, but still has a long road to travel for recovery.

The Office of Animal Welfare asks anyone with information about this case to call the DAS hotline at 302-255-4646. Tips can be reported anonymously.

Those who would like to donate to the veterinary care of Miracle and other BVSPCA dogs, may go to www.bvspca.org/donate/ or contact Eli Martinez, donor relations manager, at 1-484-302-0017.