"When she was brought into the shelter, she was unresponsive," Dany Planck of Second Chance Rescue tells The Dodo.
For what it was worth at the shelter, this skin-and-bone dog was still alive.
Turns out, it was worth the world.
Although based in New York City, Second Chance Rescue helps with dogs in need of urgent medical care in several states.
The group pulled Sallie, as she was later named, off death row and immediately took her to the group's own vet in Georgia.
She was suffering from a "horrible" case of mange, Planck recalls, along with a secondary skin infection.
"Somebody tried to clip her ears and did not do a very good job."
In all, she was under veterinary care for two months. After that, she went directly into a foster home in New Jersey. That's where, beneath the skin and bones, Sallie revealed her remarkable heart.