CARNEYS POINT — An emaciated dog found in an abandoned house is being nursed back to health in hopes of finding her a new home.

The boxer/beagle named Ruth weighed just 29 pounds when police found it feeding on a dead dog, according to the Salem County Humane Society.

Ruth, estimated to be 4 or 5 years old, tested positive for Lyme disease and volunteers are helping the dog gain weight so it can receive vaccinations and get spayed.

The SCHS set up a Facebook donation page to help with Ruth's care.

Ruth is staying with a SCHS volunteer, which will prepare the dog for adoption.

The Salem County Prosecutor's Office did not immediately return a message seeking additional information about the circumstances of Ruth's discovery.

Contact reporter Dan Alexander at or via Twitter @DanAlexanderNJ

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