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Apr 16, 2012 2:14 PM

Dog dumped in the desert now looking for her forever home

TUCSON - After months in foster care, 6-year-old Dahlia, the dog brought to the Humane Society of Southern Arizona on the brink of death, is now looking for a loving home.

When she was brought to HSSA in February, Dahlia weighed less than 30 pounds. The small plastic honey packet and pieces of asphalt in her stomach were evidence of her suffering.

Dahlia has come a long way. She has now gained enough weight and strength to be ready for adoption. Other than weak hips, Dahlia doesn't appear to have any long-term health problems. She has nearly doubled her weight, and enjoys walks and playing fetch. She gets along with dogs and older children.

If you are interested in adopting Dahlia, the first step is to fill out an adoption profile in person at the shelter or online at, and visit with an adoption counselor.

Dahlia will remain with her foster family, so potential adopters will have to make an appointment to meet this special survivor.

The main shelter is located at 3450 N. Kelvin Blvd. Shelter hours are Monday - Saturday 11 a.m.- 6 p.m. and Noon - 5 p.m. on Sunday.

Unfortunately the dumping of animals in the desert is a common practice as is suspected in Dahlia's case. Dumping is an act of animal cruelty punishable by law. If you witness animal cruelty, report the crime quickly. You can remain anonymous by contacting 88-CRIME or the Animal Cruelty Task Force tip line at 520-547-0260.

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