Arrest made after dog found starving along Wisconsin highway

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Police have made an arrest after a dog was found severely malnourished along a highway in northwestern Wisconsin.

The Boycesville Police Department said someone was arrested for not providing food and drink to an animal and intentional mistreatment of an animal resulting in disfigurement. Authorities have not released the identity of the person arrested.

Gabriel, the name given to the dog by staff at the Dunn County Human Society, has gained 20 pounds since he arrived at the shelter Nov. 1.

"He's a fighter. He still has lots of life left in him, and he's not giving up," Jamie Wagner, the kennel manager said.

Shelter staff shared this video of him on the shelter's Facebook page.

"He was barely able to stand, let along walk," Wagner said while describing Gabriel's initial condition. Wagner said Gabriel was the worst case of animal abuse staff had ever seen.

This is what he looked like when he was brought in.

He arrived weighing 23 1/2 pounds. A dog his size should be between 60-70 pounds.

Gabriel is now weighing in at 44 pounds. Staff believe he is around 2 years old.

As of now, he is not available for adoption, but the shelter is taking donations to help cover the cost of his recovery. You can learn to donate to the shelter by clicking on this link.