Oakland County rescues dog who lost his family and one of his paws

Break-up of family leaves Marley fending for himself

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WATERFORD, Mich. - Oakland County Animal Control officials are nursing Marley back to health.  The 10 month old yellow Lab was in a home where the family was going through a divorce.  When police answered a call there January 26,  they noticed the dog had an infection and the dog needed treatment. When they went back last Friday for another call, the dog had gotten worse. So animal control was called and picked him up.

Marley's front left paw has been amputated.  "He chewed off all the skin down to the bone, which is what dogs do when they have an injury or infection," says Joanie Toole of the Oakland County Center. 

In about three weeks, Marley will be healthy enough for adoption and people are already applying.

The center is also looking for donations to help cover his costs.  Two Vets did the 3 hour surgery.

Marley has a great disposition especially given what he's gone through and will make a great pet, says Toole.

Animal cruelty charges could be issued against the family, but for now they've moved out of the house.

Those who wish to donate to help cover Marley's surgery and after care costs, please call (248) 391-4100.                                               

For more information, please visit www.oakgov.com/petadoption or call (248) 391-4100.

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