Interest High for Dog That Ate Own Tail

Humane Society of North Iowa executive director Sybil Soukup plays with Goldie at the facility on Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013 in Mason City. Abandoned, forced to eat her own tail to survive, the golden retriever is recovering at the northern Iowa shelter. Goldie's mutilated tail was surgically amputated. She entered the shelter at 46 pounds, about 20 less than normal. She's gained 6 pounds so far. Shelter officials hope she'll be adopted once she fully recovers. (AP Photo/The Globe Gazette, Jeff Heinz)


By Aaron Hepker

MASON CITY, Iowa (AP) — Calls are pouring into the Humane Society of North Iowa with offers to adopt an abandoned dog that ate her own tail to survive.

The Mason City Globe Gazette reports calls to take Goldie home have come from as far away as Australia. Humane Society officials also say many people have donated money on behalf of the golden retriever.

Applications for adoption are being accepted through the end of the week. Officials will then make a decision on a new owner.

The newspaper reports Goldie was badly abused when she was discovered along with several dogs at an apartment in Forest City. The other dogs now have new owners.

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