Fairfax County police want to find owner of rescued dog

WASHINGTON — A young dog that was found barely alive over a month ago is well on his way to a full recovery, and Fairfax County police want to find his former owner.

The retriever was found barely alive over a month ago near 13000 Wakley Court in Centreville, Virginia. He wasn’t expected to survive. (Courtesy Fairfax County police)

The 1-year-old black retriever — now known as Max — was found emaciated near 13000 Wakley Court in Centreville, Virginia. Max wasn’t expected to survive: He was “extremely dehydrated” and could not stand or hold up his head. He had no collar or microchip.

Since his rescue, Max has put on weight: He had weighed 23 pounds; he now weighs 45. Max is in medical foster care and not up for adoption, but he’s “happy, playful and friendly,” authorities said.

Fairfax County animal protection police are asking for the public’s help in finding the owner. If you have any information, please contact Officer Enna Lugo at Enna.Lugo@fairfaxcounty.gov or 571-641-7434.

Tips can also be submitted anonymously through Crime Solvers; by calling 1-866-411-TIPS; or by texting “TIP187” plus the message to CRIMES (274637).

Jack Pointer

Jack contributes to WTOP.com when he's not working as the afternoon/evening radio writer. In a previous life, he helped edit The Dallas Morning News and Chicago Tribune.

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