COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. -- The 9-year old German Shepard Zoe is recovering in foster care.
Zoe was rescued from her former home in Exeter after being found chained up with a missing leg.
Members of the Susquehanna SPCA believe that Zoe chewed it off herself due to pain from bone cancer.
Executive director of the Susquehanna SPCA, Stacie Haynes, said Zoe has defied all odds.
"Zoe is doing really really well. She is recovering in a nice quiet environment and is living a really great life right now," said Haynes.
Zoe was placed into foster care after being released from the Susquehanna SPCA. Members there said that the shelter's environment was not the place for her to recover. The foster family prefers to keep themselves and Zoe's location anonymous.
After being rescued, the veterinarian told members of the SPCA that they could either put Zoe down humanely, or have her undergo a risky surgery that she may not live through.
Haynes wanted to give Zoe a second chance at life and chose to go the surgery route. The surgeons say Zoe exceeded their expectations and pulled through the procedure.
In terms of her permanent future home, Haynes and the rest of the SPCA are confident that Zoe's foster parents, like the rest of the community have fallen for her.
"We think we are really fortunate to have another foster fall. That's where the foster family falls in love with the animal and doesn't want to see them go. And we think that is going to happen here," said Haynes.
But Zoe is not out of the woods yet. Veterinary staff found a lump on the side of Zoe's body. They are getting it tested to see if its cancerous, but say they are confident the biopsy results will come back negative.
Her former owner, Carl K. Pritchard, 59, of Exeter, has been charged with overdriving, torturing and injuring animals; failure to provide proper sustenance, a misdemeanor under the Agriculture and Markets Law.
He is due in Exeter town court on Dec. 4.
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