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Malnourished dog gains 20 pounds in 10 days; arrest made in western Wisconsin

Gabriel is doing much better since being found Nov. 1.

A success story is unfolding in western Wisconsin after a severely malnourished dog was found on Nov. 1. 

The 2-year-old unknown breed of dog was located in rural Dunn County – north of Menomonie – with the sheriff's office issuing a plea to the public to help identity the owner(s) of the dog as it was severely malnourished. 

On Tuesday, the Dunn County Humane Society, which has been caring for the dog since it was rescued, announced that an arrest in connection to the dog's mistreatment had been made. 

Gabriel the dog when she was found Nov. 1. 

Gabriel the dog when she was found Nov. 1. 

"The details of the case will become clear in time, but we know that the individual in question was arrested for failure to provide food and drink," the Humane Society said. 

Charges have not been filed but the Dunn County District Attorney's Office is considering prosecution. 

"We cannot express enough how grateful we are that justice will be served in this case as no living creature deserves to be treated in the way Gabriel had been," the Humane Society added, noting that it named the dog Gabriel. 

Gabriel has gained 20 pounds in 12 days since being found, 18 of those pounds added in the first week of proper care. 

"Gabriel is doing well and has gained 20 pounds since he arrived at our shelter on November 1st. His sweet disposition and fun personality coming out more each day," the group added. 

"We will continue to share updates on Gabriel as he continues to gain strength and finally gets to feel the warmth, love and happiness of a forever home, which he deserved all along."

Follow the Dunn County Humane Society on Facebook for updates. 

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