HOWELL — After an anonymous tip led to a dog rescued from a Howell home, the K9 is getting the care he needs to be nursed back to health.

The Monmouth County SPCA shared a photo of the dog, which it named named Buster

"We saw an animal that once may have resembled a dog, but was now skin and bones, barely able to stand and looked completely out of hope," the SPCA said in a Facebook post.

In addition to being malnourished, the post said, the pup had been left out in the elements with no food or water anywhere to be seen. He was taken back to the SPCA and given IV fluids and medicine to help treat swollen joints.

The SPCA said he also had fleas, various infections, and rotted teeth among other health issues.

Since being taken in last week, the dog has been fed very carefully so as not to overfill his shrunken stomach, the SPCA said. Buster is also getting plenty of love as part of his treatment, as well as the needed medicine, it said.

The SPCA is seeking donations to help with Buster's care. Donations can be made on this website.

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