Herbie — his new name — is being nursed back to health after a police officer found him emaciated and barely alive this weekend.
He's in the care of the Lorain Animal Clinic, where a spokeswoman said she doubted he'd be put up for adoption because the clinic staff had taken such a liking to him.
"One of us will probably take him home," Alyssa Pataky said.
If that day comes, it will be months in the making.
Herbie, a pit bull, was found starving and weighing about 25 to 30 pounds when he should have weighed 75 pounds, according to a Lorain police report. Herbie was found on West 11th Street with his bones clearly visible through his skin and likely had been dumped there, the report said.
“I have never seen such an emaciated dog, still alive, in my career,” wrote Richard Broz, a longtime officer. Broz wrote that the dog’s head was grotesquely swollen from a puncture wound, and when he tried to pet it, it growled softly but could raise its head only about 2 inches off the ground.
Pataky said Herbie is now eating on his own and "doing better day by day."
"It's gonna be a long time to get him healthy," Pataky said.
According to a Facebook group created in support of Herbie, a dog walk has been planned for this Sunday. Dog owners with their leashed dogs are asked to meet at Streator Park in Lorain at 12:30 p.m.