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UPDATED: Charlie the dog is showing promising signs of recovery at SPCA

Posted at 1:06 PM, Jan 24, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-24 14:15:54-05

Since arriving at the SPCA, caretakers say Charlie has not stopped wagging his tail. They say he knows he will be okay.

Charlie was found by sanitation workers early Tuesday morning in a garbage tote freezing with bloody wounds. Barely alive, Charlie was brought to the Erie County SPCA and has been receiving constant care in the Dog ICU to help gain weight and heal his cuts.

Chief Communications Manager Gina Browning says investigators cannot say for sure what happened to Charlie. She says, "Some of the issues could be consistent with dog fighting. Some of the other issues could be consistent with several other things. So we're trying very hard not to jump to conclusions."

Because Charlie was in such critical condition, it is unclear how long his road to recovery will be but with thousands of people trying to help him Browning is hopeful.

The SPCA is working with the Erie County District Attorney's Office to figure out the reason Charlie was left on the streets. If you have any information on this case you can call 875-7360.

UPDATE 2:10pm EST:

After blood work showed abnormalities, Charlie underwent a blood transfusion late last night. He is resting but the prognosis for a full recovery is guarded. The SPCA's Chief Veterinary Officer Dr. Helene Chevalier says that pending results of another blood test they are hoping to be able to determine the best treatment options for Charlie.

Although Charlie appears very happy, Dr. Chevalier is concerned about what is happening internally and is monitoring him carefully.

You can follow Charlie's recovery on the Erie County SPCA Facebook page here.