“She had two bleeding sores on her back legs, one so bad that she couldn't put the leg down,” Rebecca Coutant, a volunteer for Hopkins Belize Humane Society, told The Dodo. “Her toes and feet were incredibly swollen with infection. At that point we thought she might be missing toes — we couldn't even tell. She had chewed out all her nails. There was nothing left — just swelling.”
Elsie was also missing patches of fur, but the most serious issue was her weight — she was completely emaciated, weighing only 27 pounds. “She was literally a bag of bones,” Coutant said.
Team members from the humane society went to speak to the owner, who explained how he got Elsie — he said he’d rescued Elsie from someone else, who’d been deliberately starving the dog to death.