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Dog found with legs tied together doing well

Mike Creger

Molly the dog was doing well and walking around the Duluth Animal Shelter this morning. That’s no small feat considering how she was found 24 hours earlier.

Zach Drews, of Gary New Duluth, found the dog in his yard Monday morning with its two front legs zip-tied together. The plastic was so tight around Molly’s legs that it took careful use of a wire cutter to get her loose without knicking the skin.

Drews originally thought he saw a neighbor dog simply lying in his yard. After some time, he went out to investigate and called to the dog.

“She came to me hopping on her front legs,” he said.

The dog looked hungry and bedraggled, Drews said, and there were signs that at one time the back legs had been tied as well.

“It looked pretty rough,” Drews said.

Drews called animal control, which suggested he and a neighbor not untie the dog for fear it would run away. They also fed her and gave her a blanket. When officers arrived, the dog was freed and taken to the shelter.

When Molly’s story hit social media, a woman named Candace Mead chimed in on Facebook saying the dog Drews found was hers and “please someone help me get in contact with whoever has Molly. I’m shaking. I know who did this.”

An officer at animal control said there is an open investigation into the dog’s circumstances, but had no further comment.

After posting her message and finding out Molly was in the shelter, Mead posted photos of her reunited with her dog and a post from a few days ago saying the dog was lost.

A phone message left by the News Tribune for Mead was not returned.

“Molly is OK,” Mead wrote under a picture of the dog drinking water. “She is at animal control right now and she will be OK in a couple weeks.”