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Garden Grove dog starved for 5 weeks is recovering

April 13, 2010 | 10:49 pm

A 3-year-old German Shepherd that was tied to a tree in Garden Grove and starved for at least five weeks is recovering but is still too weak to walk.

Named Courage by shelter workers in Orange County, the dog was so starved that it ate dirt, according to a KTLA report.

Courage weighed 37 pounds -- far below the 75 to 85 pounds that a healthy German Shepherd should weigh.

Veterinarians have given Courage blood transfusions, plasma transfusions, electrolyte and vitamin infusions. He is expected to survive, but is not expected to recover quickly, according to the report.

--Robert J. Lopez