Donations pour in for Arizona dog found hanging from tree; Sunny recovers with foster family

In this undated photo provided by the Pima Animal Care Center, veterinarians examine Sunny, a shepherd mix, at the center in Tucson, Ariz. Sunny was found on May 12, 2015, hanging from a tree and has since been recovering.
Image Credit: Pima Animal Care Center via AP

TUCSON, Ariz. - More than $20,000 has poured in for an Arizona dog that was found hanging from a tree more than a week ago but is now recovering in a foster home.

Sunny the dog made headlines when someone found him on May 12. The shepherd mix was hanging from a tree in Tucson with a rope tied around her mouth.

José Ocaño, director of shelter operations for the Pima Animal Care Center, said Sunny has slowly began to recover and is now being taken care of by a foster parent.

"She's getting her spirit back. Even the look in the eye looks more trusting and hopeful, which is a testament to how resilient animals are," Ocaño said.

Ocaño said Sunny's story attracted attention from all over the country and even internationally, drawing in thousands of dollars for her recovery. The shelter has used its Facebook page to post updates and pictures, many of which have gained more than 1,000 "likes."

Sunny's medical bills cost about $2,500, and the rest of the money raised will benefit other animals at the county shelter.

The shelter has on average about 650 dogs and 300 cats on a daily basis, and has a small budget, Ocaño said.

Meanwhile, police are seeking tips regarding Sunny's previous owner. The dog was not microchipped and appeared to have been neglected before she was found hanging from the tree.

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