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ONLY ON 3: Neglected dog recovering

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- Deputies found a dog that was barely skin and bones about two weeks ago in a Brunswick County home.

Officers say he was on the brink of death. Now the dog's owner is in jail, and the pup is recovering.

The Australian Shepherd mix was extremely malnourished and dehydrated when he was found. Now he is on track to being healthy. When deputies found Springer, he could barely stand up. Officers say he went without proper nutrition for at least three weeks.

Since Springer's rescue, he has gained almost 10 pounds and is getting healthy.

The dog's owner Tara Johnson is charged with cruelty to animals. She is in jail under $1,000 bail. Springer is still a piece of evidence in this case, but will be up for adoption once the case is closed. Animal Protective Aervices says animals are a big responsibility. If people cannot take care of their pets, they will face serious consequences.

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