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Investigation underway after severely emaciated dog dropped off at Henderson Animal Shelter

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HENDERSON, KY (WFIE) -

An animal abuse investigation is underway right now in Henderson. 

A severely emaciated dog was dropped off at the New Hope Animal Shelter by one of its owners. We're told if miniature pincher Fabio had been surrendered even a day or two later, he likely would have died.  

The vet said Fabio weighed just 5 pounds, but should be between 12 and 15 pounds.

Animal Control officers told us the owners are facing at least one charge of "torture to an animal." 

Authorities said Fabio hasn't been fed properly in months. Paula Hawkins with New Hope said one of the owners tried to blame her husband who she no longer lives with, but they soon learned Fabio had been in her custody for the past month. 

The silver lining: over one thousand dollars has already poured in to help Fabio.  Just in the hour or so we spent at New Hope on Friday, our camera captured several people as they stopped by with donations. 

"This morning he woke up and said, 'Donna I need you to do me a favor and go down to the bank and get money for the dog,'" said donor Donna Wagner. "I went to the bank this morning and came over here to donate to the dog."

For the next few weeks, Fabio will be nursed back to good health at the vet and New Hope. Then, he'll be ready to find his forever home.

"He will stay at New Hope Animal Rescue Center under our care," said New Hope's Paula Hawkins. "If the right foster family comes out, we will send him out in foster while he's healing."

This investigation is ongoing. The pending torture charge is only a misdemeanor in Kentucky. Stay with us as we follow this story.

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