Jokinen and his wife dried off the dog and made her feel comfortable. The next day, they called animal control, but they quickly realized that surrendering her wasn’t the best option for the sick stray: "She was emaciated, teeth all over the place, only walking on three legs with no collar," Jokinen said. "We thought, ‘If we just drop this dog off, who knows what will happen?’”
So, instead, they brought Suzy to the vet, where they were shocked to learn that the “puppy” who wandered into their house was actually about 9 years old. Suzy was covered in fleas and ticks and had a paw infection — as well as some dental issues. The couple decided to help her.