An extremely emaciated stray dog in New Hartford was found just in the nick of time. The kindness of strangers may have saved her life.

Hope was taken to the Stevens-Swan Humane Society who says she recently had puppies. "Her puppies were not brought in with her. We are not sure of her story, but we think she was dumped after having her puppies."

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Hope is getting better each day but she's got a long way to go until she's fully recovered. "Luckily she was brought to us in the nick-of-time and should have no issues being nursed back to health," says the Stevens-Swan Humane Society. "She has warmed up wonderfully to the staff who love her and take care of her."

Photo Credit - Stevens Swan Humane Society

To continue providing shelter and veterinary care for animals in central New York, Stevens-Swan Humane Society is holding their 14th annual telethon Tuesday, February 5th. You can give online at Stevens-Swan.org.

Two Florida lawmakers have introduced a bill to make animal cruelty a federal felony. The Preventing Animal Cruelty and Torture (PACT) Act targets "crushing, burning, drowning, suffocating and impaling animals” as well as sexually exploiting them. Anyone convicted could face up to seven years in prison.