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On Jan. 18, a homeowner found Nathan seeking shelter in a shed on Warren Stein Road in Cairo, trying to stay warm. Based on his condition when he was found, the dog suffered from malnutrition and dehydration for many months and was 20 pounds underweight. His examination placed him at a “2” on the Nestle Purina Body Condition System for canines, which is seriously emaciated, Perez said.

When Nathan first arrived at the shelter, he cowered in a corner all the time. He was later doing better and interacted with the staff and was expected to make a full recovery. But he was diagnosed on Jan. 29 with terminal kidney failure related to Lyme disease associated with nephritis and had to be euthanized. There is no recovery or treatment for Nathan’s advanced condition, which is often painful, Perez said.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Greene County Sheriff’s Office at 518-943-3300. Nathan was the name the CGHS/SPCA gave him to give the pup dignity. This may not be the name the owner gave him, Hyer-Mitchell said.

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