Puppy left for dead gets rescued from side of the highway after two days

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BLOUNT COUNTY, Tenn. (WVLT) A puppy dropped off and left for dead on Alcoa Highway was picked up by a Good Samaritan and is now on the road to recovery.

The Blount County Humane Society is covering the vet bills for three month-old Cheeto, a dog that was destined to die on the side of the road. But after passing by the dog twice, an un-known woman driving home from work saw Cheeto moving, and decided to step in to help.

"He was obviously in plain view. The people going by thought he was dead," Blount County Humane Society President Steve Phipps said. "Nobody stopped to check."

Cheeto is expected to make a full recovery, but it will take several months before he is completely healed.

Dr. Liz Fraze at Midland Pet Emergency Center where Cheeto is being treated, said Cheeto still has a long way to go. He has mites that have burrowed deep into his skin, causing Cheeto to scratch out most of his fur. He had a severe case of mange, was under-weight and dehydrated.

"The little mites are always in there burrowing, and it's just extremely uncomfortable for them," Phipps said.

Cheeto is up for adoption through the Blount County Humane Society. You can get the information on how to adopt him at their website.

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