Rescued Dog Highlights Problem for Local Shelter

May 7, 2012 Updated May 7, 2012 at 11:19 PM EDT

By Allen Leight

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May 7, 2012 Updated May 7, 2012 at 11:19 PM EDT

NIAGARA FALLS, NY (WKBW) - It's a case of animal abuse and second chances in Niagara County, after an emaciated dog is left for dead on a busy highway.

Macie, a 5-year-old pit bull mix was severely emaciated when she was brought into the Niagara SPCA, weighing just over 30 pounds and suffering multiple infections.

"We're suspecting, just because of her condition, that she was used as a breeding dog," said Amy Lewis, Interim Executive Director for the shelter.

And though Macie has put on several pounds and is on her way to recovery, her story highlights an even bigger problem for SPCA.

"We have an influx of animals...we are absolutely 100-percent packed," explained Lewis.

Which means there's no room at the shelter for next Macie, who may need the same care and attention.

So now the shelter, which has been working over the past several months to reestablish its reputation, is turning to the community for help.

"We've got an adoption promotion set for Wednesday from Noon until 8:00 p.m. We are reducing all of our adoption fees," said Lewis.

The fee for all cats over 6 months in age will be waived completely, while the adoption fee for cats under 6 months will be reduced to $25.

The fee for dogs will be cut in half.

Lewis hoping for a tremendous turnout and many newly-emptied cages as a result, so that when the next Macie comes, there is plenty of room to take her in.

Click Here to The adoption fee reduction takes place on Wednesday, May 9, 2012 from 12:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Lockport Road facility.

Details on the event can be found Here.