Promising news for Spartan the boxer after surgery

DENVER -- Finally, perhaps, a break for Spartan the boxer.

The dog from Westminster, relinquished by his owner a few weeks ago and severely malnourished, is walking and “talking” for his favorite volunteer after undergoing surgery.

His condition is considered critical but stable. Officials said Thursday he was still in intensive care and "is not out of the woods yet."

A feeding tube will remain in him for two weeks. Spartan has made attempts to eat on his own, but his body is still adjusting to processing the nutrients, officials said.

He will remain in the hospital until at least Sunday.

Officials hope Spartan will regain his energy and appetite and be up for adoption within a few weeks. Donations are being accepted for the dog's care.