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KC Pet Project treating 'one of the skinniest dogs' they've ever seen

Posted at 1:52 PM, Jul 02, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-02 17:41:30-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — KC Pet Project said they are treating one of the skinniest dogs they have ever seen after a Kansas City, Missouri, police officer found the starving canine in the middle of the street on Tuesday.

According to the organization, KCPD's Sgt. Bloomquist found the 5-year-old Akita mix lying on the double yellow lines in the middle of Oldham Road near 75th Street. The sergeant stopped and put on his lights and the dog came up to the door of the vehicle.

Sgt. Bloomquist went to the nearest McDonald's while waiting for animal control officers and got the starving dog an egg McMuffin and some water. The emaciated pup drank for five minutes straight, KC Pet Project said, and another officer had to get more water.

The Akita mix weighs 30 pounds and is half the size he should be. He could not walk on his own when he arrived at KC Pet Project.

The animal control officer who took the dog to the shelter gave him the name Magai, which means "miracle." Shelter staff said he was as skinny as he could be before starving to death. Veterinarians said there is no muscle or fat left on the dog's body and it's truly a miracle that he is alive, so the name is fitting.

Magai is receiving fluids and food at the shelter hospital and will be monitored for a few days before moving to a foster home to work on regaining weight. Donations to support his care can be made online.