Starved dog forced to eat its own tail to survive (video)

By: Mahesh Sarin 

(Scroll down for video) A dog was so hungry that it had no choice but to eat its own tail, according to reports in Iowa.

Calls are coming in fast to the Humane Society of North Iowa, with offers to adopt the golden retriever that was abandoned and abused.

The group Chief Executive Officer, Sybil Soukup, said that inquiries from people who want to take Goldie home have come from as far away as Australia, and the donations have come in from all over the U.S.

Goldie was abandoned in an apartment in Forest City. Several dogs lived in the apartment when a landlord threatened to evict the tenants. The owner came back three weeks later and discovered Goldie alone in a cage outdoors with no food and little water.

Goldie was dirty, skinny and emaciated. A new tenant in the home cared for the dog for a while, during which Goldie ate half of its tail. Soukup said that Goldie had enough food and water at the time, but was still recovering from symptoms of starvation and dehydration.

The new tenant considered having Goldie killed due to poor health. It weighed 46 pounds, about 20 pounds less than normal.

The owner then called the Humane Society, which offered to take it in. Goldie has since undergone surgery to remove part of the shattered tail. It had also gained weight.