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Officials seek help after severely emaciated dog left at Dumb Friends League

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DENVER -- A severely emaciated 2-year-old dog was left at the Dumb Friends League and Denver Animal Protection officers are trying to find the couple who left the animal near starvation.

The gray and white Labrador/pit bull mix weighed only 19 pounds when she was left at the shelter on Feb. 19. She should weigh about 35 pounds based on her height and breed, officials said.

Officials with Denver Animal Protection have named the dog Petunia. Veterinary staff ruled out any health conditions that could have caused her to be so skinny.

Petunia is expected to survive. There is no information on whether she might be healthy enough for adoption.

A man and a woman were seen leaving Petunia in the drop box at the Dumb Friends League. They are believed to be Hispanic and possibly in their early 20s. They are not considered suspects, but animal protection officers want to talk with them.

Convictions in animal cruelty cases could result in fines from $1,000 to $100,000 and/or six months to six years in jail.

A $2,000 reward through Crime Stoppers is being offered that leads to an arrest. Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 720-913-7867.