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'Miracle' puppy survives apparent abuse; gets dozens of stitches around neck

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It's a miracle Miracle is alive.

The Friends of Animals Humane Society in Cloquet is currently caring for a puppy whom they named Miracle, because she they didn't expect her to survive, according to the organization's Facebook page.

The 1-year-old dog had a deep cut around the majority of her neck that required more than 20 stitches, Northland's NewsCenter reports, and veterinarians at the Crow Vet Clinic had to insert two draining tubes to prevent excess fluid from building up, Friends of Animals said.

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Officials believe this was a case of "horrible" animal abuse that likely was caused by a "ligature tightened around the dog's neck," the news station says.

"They have tried to find every possible way that this could have been an accident, but they really can't find a way that it could be, sadly," Katy Hanson with the Cloquet Friends of Animals Humane Society, told Northland's NewsCenter.

Once Miracle recovers, she'll join the many other animals at the stray/hold/adoption center that are looking for homes.

Officials are investigating the apparent abuse. If anyone has any information about Miracle, they're asked to call the shelter at 218-879-1655 or the Cloquet Police Department at 218-879-1247.

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Struggling shelters

The Friends of Animals Humane Society is one of many centers across the state and nation that's struggling with finances and may be forced to close. Last month, Northland's NewsCenter reported the center is operating on a reserve fund that's nearly empty, which means the shelter may close within six months if it doesn't get needed funding.

Friends of Animals told the news station that it costs about $25,000 a month to run the shelter and it's about $55,000 short in next year's budget. The organization has reached out to the Carleton County board for funding, as well as applied for grants, increased their volunteer program, and have tried to be more self-sufficient to stay afloat, the station says.

The facility is also looking for donations through Thursday's Give to the Max day. Friends of Animals is one of over 200 animal causes – many of them shelters and rescue organizations – on the GiveMN website looking to raise money during the annual day of giving.

Shelters across the country have been dealing with financial problems that have forced some to shut their doors. The Associated Press said many are receiving fewer grants and donations, and vet and shelter costs are on the rise. That's leading to financial problems.

The ASPCA also notes the number of homeless pets is increasing due to overpopulation and more pets are being turned over to organizations, which puts a burden on many already-filled shelters. The ASPCA says approximately 7.6 million companion animals enter shelters nationwide every year – approximately 2.7 million animals are euthanized.

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