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Dog Found ‘Barely Alive’ by Fairfax Police Makes Remarkable Recovery

Max, a 1-year-old black retriever dog, was found emaciated, near death and abandoned one month ago -- but after a police rescue, he transformed into a "happy, playful and friendly dog," his rescuers say.

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Fairfax Police
Police officers found Max near 13000 Wakley Court in Centreville, Virginia. At only 23 pounds, Max was extremely thin due to lack of food and water. He was suffering from urine scalding which caused burns and rashes, police said. Police say Max was unable to hold his head up and was "barely alive."
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Fairfax County Police Department
Max didn't have a collar or microchip, so police are struggling to identify Max's owner. When police rescued him, he wasn't expected to survive.
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Fairfax County Police Department
With the help Fairfax County Animal Shelter, Max is making a successful and healthy recovery. In about a month, his weight has nearly doubled to 45 pounds. Police describe him as a “happy, playful and friendly dog.” Thanks to the tender, loving care the shelter showed him, Max still loves to play and explore.
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Fairfax County Police Department
He is in medical foster care and is not available for adoption at this time.
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nIf anyone has any information or recognizes Max, they can contact Animal Protection Police Officer Enna Lugo at enna.lugo@fairfaxcounty.gov or 571-641-7434.
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