On June 9, a man walking his dogs found an abandoned pooch weighing just 25 pounds in Tacony Creek Park in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
The dog, who has since been named Nani, which means ‘beautiful’ in Hawaiian, was starved and then left in the park to die, CBS Philadelphia reported. Nani is now in the care of her foster parent Michele Schaffer-Stevens. Nani was connected with Schaffer-Stevens through Lilo's Promise Animal Rescue Group and although the dog is recovering, she has a long and costly road to recovery ahead of her.
Though she can now raise her head and wag her tail, Nani can’t eat or drink very much on her own.
Lilo’s Promise has raised $7,160 of their $5,000 goal to fund Nani’s treatment since they put out a request for donations. The organization has also offered a $400 reward for information that leads to the identification of Nani’s former owner, who abandoned and nearly killed her.