Malnourished dog finds a home and someone to love her
When Mala Comollatti rescued Samoyed Kimba she was so underweight Mala could fit her hand in between the dog's hips.
KIMBA the Samoyed dog's cute, puppy-like face hides a dark tale.
The four-year-old is rapidly on the mend after being rescued by Capricorn Animal Aid's Mala Comollatti, but because Kimba was so malnourished she will never grow to her full size and will always have her puppy face.
When Mala saw Kimba for the first time in October last year she cried.
Kimba was covered in fleas, less than half the weight she should have been, and her coat was matted with dirt, dead fleas and grass seeds.
The CAA volunteer had gone to meet Kimba's owner, who had asked the volunteer-run charity to take Kimba.
Mala knew she couldn't leave Kimba there a minute longer, so she took Kimba with her immediately.
It didn't take long for Mala and her husband to see the level of neglect Kimba suffered.
Kimba needed a blood transfusion immediately and she was so malnourished Mala could fit her hand between Kimba's hip bones. Kimba's first stool revealed she had been eating cloth and material, her teeth were ground down, and five hydrobaths weren't enough to clean her coat - it had to be gently cut off.
Now Kimba's fluffy white coat is about half as long as a normal Samoyed and although Mala has to very slowly feed her more until she reaches the weight she should be, Kimba is well on her way.
Not long after she took Kimba home, Mala started a Facebook page called Kimba's Journey to document Kimba's progress and highlight CAA's important work rescuing cats and dogs in the community.
"I really don't think CAA gets the credit they deserve," Mala said. "All funding comes from donations. Without them Kimba would not have been saved, she very well might have died."
All three of Mala's dogs, Angel, Peppa and Kimba, were rescued.
"When you adopt an animal, you're saving it," Mala said. "It's a joy we want other people to experience. Nine out of ten are toilet-trained, have basic obedience, and they're socialized... all for this little fee."
Capricorn Animal Aid provides veterinary care, shelter and food to unwanted, stray, neglected and abused animals.
For more info, to donate, or to adopt a dog or cat go to capricornanimalaid.org.au or Capricorn Animal Aid Facebook page