Last November, a road worker found the emaciated dog, now named Gracie, near a patch of woods in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. “She apparently came running out of the woods and went up to him,” Shealy said.
While no one really knows how Gracie ended up alone in the woods, Shealy has a theory.
“More than likely, Gracie was bred to be a hunting dog, but she didn’t do the caliber of hunting that they wanted,” Shealy said. “So they either cut her off the leash or left her in the middle of the woods, and probably planned for her not to survive.”