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Pup that was abandoned in Springfield to be adopted into new home

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Courtesy: Don Treeger, The Republican Courtesy: Don Treeger, The Republican
SPRINGFIELD, MA (WSHM) - It was a sad story with a happy ending in Springfield after a young dog was left abandoned and starved.

Officials said a 1-year-old Chihuahua named Sunflower was rescued just in time and back in August. She will be adopted by a new 'mom' and brought to her new home on Saturday following her six-week recovery at the Thomas J. O'Connor Adoption Center in Springfield.

Sunflower weighed a little over 2 pounds when she was brought to the center.

Her rib cage and bones could be seen poking through her skin when she was found on Massasoit Street in Springfield.

A neighbor noticed children playing with Sunflower and when she saw the condition of the pup she quickly contacted an animal control officer who then brought Sunflower to the TJO Adoption Center to be seen by their veterinarian.

And when they vet was able to check out Sunflower she knew the situation was dire.

The center first thought she was a stray who may have some type of medical problem.

But after several X-rays and surgical procedures came back clear, the staff knew it was something else.

"This was an intentional act. She was placed somewhere and either forgotten or intentionally starved," Executive Director Pam Peebles said.  

Sunflower is now being taken care of and slowly gaining her weight back.

"Our veterinarian has been fostering her taking her home each night to be sure she keeps getting critical care around the clock," Peebles explained.  

Now a new law called the Paws Act has been established to prevent this from happening to any other animal.

"This will increase penalties for abusers and will make vets who suspect animal cruelty to have to report it," Peebles said.  

The law was recently passed by the Massachusetts Legislature and has been sent to the governor's desk for approval.

Peebles said the best way to help an abused dog is to report it right away. She said if you feel you can't handle having a pet, it's better to bring it to the adoption center than to just let it loose on the streets.

The center waited a couple months to put her up for adoption because it wanted to make sure Sunflower is back up on her feet beforehand.

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