Polk Co. dog nearly starved to death, recovering

Posted at 10:23 AM, Jan 04, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-04 18:26:40-05

A Chihuahua, who was nearly starved to death by his Polk Co. owner, is recovering in Pinellas County and must now wear specially made pajamas to stay warm.

Curry, who veterinarians believe to be 5-years-old, was brought to Canine Estates in Palm Harbor on December 31st.

Curry is severely emaciated, anemic and was starved almost to death, according to rescue directors.

He weighs just five pounds but should weigh around 15 pounds.

"He's so sweet, it is so hard to believe that somebody could do this to a little baby," said Sybil Freeman, a founder of Canine Estates.

At this point, rescue workers are unsure if Curry will survive. 

He needs a great deal of medical attention and while he is being reintroduced to food, he is losing weight which is a major concern.

"He needs lots of love to get him better," Freeman explained.

You can help Curry by clicking here.

Curry's owner, Gabriel Swift, 37, of Lakeland, was cited for Curry's condition and was given another citation for not having a second dog up to date on its vaccinations.

Swift remains under investigation.