Authorities continued a search Tuesday for the owner of a malnourished Great Dane described by the sheriff as “starvation in its worst form.”
A Parker resident found the dog named Grace, according to her Microchip, about 10 a.m. Tuesday wandering at Fairview Lane and White Bull Lane in Millsap, and took her to a local veterinarian.
“Grace’s ribs and hip bones are visible through her coat,” said Karen Kessler, a supervisor with the Parker County sheriff’s animal control division, in a news release. “According to the veterinarian, she is suffering from a case of severe malnutrition and slight dehydration.”
Kessler pointed out that Grace, a 2-year-old female with a gray coat with black spots, should weigh about 90 to 100 pounds. On Tuesday, she weighed 52 pounds.
“Grace’s state is deeply saddening,” Parker County Sheriff Larry Fowler said in the release. “She has been suffering for quite some time. It’s terrible to see an animal in this condition.”
Grace also has one eye that appears to have been surgically removed.
“She is very docile and seems well-trained,” Kessler said. “She is very friendly and has a loving disposition despite her extreme state.”
Authorities said Grace did not appear to have suffered any recent physical injuries, and they did not know if Grace has been missing or was neglected.
“Starvation is painful,” Kessler said. “We are hopeful she will survive this horrible ordeal.”
Blood tests indicated that Grace has low protein levels and her liver enzyme levels are high, a sign of possible liver disease or poor liver health.
Grace is under the care of a veterinarian.
Anyone with information should call the Parker County Sheriff’s Office at 817-594-8845.