Dog found abandoned in Franklin County, IL cemetery recovering

Gabrielle the dog recovering after being abandoned in cemetery

PERRY COUNTY, IL (KFVS) - Workers at the Perry County Humane Society in Du Quoin, Illinois are looking for answers after finding a dog abandoned in a Franklin County cemetery in sub-20 degree weather.

According to volunteers at the humane society, a man was driving home in Franklin County when he saw a sheet in a ditch near the cemetery.

He then stopped when he saw the dog, which he originally thought was dead, before she started moving.

The dog spent the night at animal control in Franklin County before being taken to the Perry County Humane Society.

The dog, named Gabrielle, had mange, open wounds, bleeding pads, infections and swollen legs and paws.

"This is the worst case we have ever seen. We've never seen anything this bad," said Alice Swetland, Vice President of The Perry County Humane Society.

The Humane Society says she has a tumor on her neck, and is extremely malnourished.

Thankfully, however, officials at the Perry County Humane Society in Du Quoin, Illinois say she tested negative for heartworms.

While she will eventually be available for adoption, volunteers have told us that she has a long road to recovery, lasting at least a couple months.

"The instant she came in this building she knew she was saved. You could tell. All she had was unconditional love," Swetland said.

If you have any idea who might be responsible, please notify The Franklin County Sheriff's Department or Animal Control.

"If you see something, say something. It's hard for us to find everything," said Thad Snell, a Franklin County Animal Control Supervisor. "We can't drive around 24/7 looking for it. It's much easier when people tell us what's going on."

Now that Gabrielle is safe and warm Alice says her future is a bright one.

"Happiness and love, and just pure joy, because whoever adopts her will know her story and we will find the perfect home for her," Swetland said.

Donations can be made to PCHS for Gabrielle medical bills by visiting the shelter or using the Paypal link on their website here.

Follow along with Gabrielle's progress on their Facebook page.

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