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Donors give more than $20,000 to dying dog dumped at Kentucky Humane Society

Kentucky Humane Society cares for Ethan, who was dumped in their parking lot
Posted at 11:39 AM, Jan 30, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-30 11:42:28-05

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (LEX 18) — The Kentucky Humane Society reports that a dying dog was dumped at its Louisville location around 12 p.m. Friday.

"He was literally probably within a few hours of death and was actively dying when he was dumped in our parking lot," Kentucky Humane Society PR and Marketing Director, Andrea Blair, said.

Blair said the dog, now named Ethan, is the thinnest dog the KHS has ever seen that is still alive.

Ethan is supposed to weigh 80 pounds but weighs 38 pounds.

"A dog in this terrible condition doesn't get there overnight," Blair said. "This probably took many weeks. He has no muscles at all left. His body was basically finding any fuel it could to survive so he is literally just a rack of bones."

When the KHS posted Ethan's story on Facebook, they found that many others were just as upset seeing Ethan in his condition.

As of Saturday morning, more than $20,000 has been raised for Ethan through three separate Facebook posts that allow people to make donations through the social media site.

"That's really encouraging to see how passionate in our community are," Blair said. "We're getting donations throughout KY and even in other states. His story is really resonating with people and people really want to help him and other animals like him here at the KY humane society."

Blair said the vets working on him don't know if he'll make it, but she does know that there are many people out there rooting for him.

Anyone who wants to make a donation can do so by clicking on the link to Facebook above or through the Humane Society here.

If you know anything about Ethan's case or former owner, please contact Louisville Metro Animal Services. at (502) 473-7387.