Abused and abandoned. It's a sad fate that befalls a lot of animals, including one now at the Lehigh County Humane Society.

"You can see the skull protruding. The spine is very clear and defined. You see the hips and ribs," Cary Moran of the Lehigh County Humane Society explained.

She says the fact that Harrison, a three-year-old pit bull is alive at all, is a miracle. Harrison was found Sunday roaming the streets of Allentown, all 35 pounds of him.

To put that in perspective a dog his size should weigh twice that.

"This is not something that happens in a few weeks. This is several months of sheer neglect and lack of care," she said.

Harrison is lucky he's expected to make a full recovery. Not the case a pup Ziggy.
A one year old recently found after being thrown in the trash.

"His wounds were judged to be so extensive, that his chance of healing was minimal," Liz Jones of the Sanctuary at Haafsville said. "Right now a lot of people can't afford them. They lost their homes and have nowhere to go."

Cary says cases of abuse and neglect are on the rise.

"I don't know if it's the economy or just sheer ignorance of lack of caring," Cary said.

Whatever the reason it can be a painful process for those on the front lines. But then hounds like Harrison arrive. Once his weight is back on he'll be ready for adoption. Restoring faith and giving hope to those battling for the abused.