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West Valley Humane shares hopeful update on abandoned backpack dog

A Good Samaritan has stepped forward to help get Zoe the care she needs.
Credit: KTVB

CALDWELL, Idaho — Staff at the West Valley Humane Society say they are continuing to care for a small dog that was zipped into a backpack and tossed on the side of the road in Canyon County.

The dog, a terrier-chihuahua mix the shelter named Zoe, was saved from the cold and brought to the shelter by a woman who noticed the backpack.

Zoe's outlook seemed grim.

The small dog was wet and freezing, and had apparently spent hours trapped in the pack. Worse, a veterinarian discovered she seemed to have a lesion on her brain causing neurological issues. 

West Valley said they could not put Zoe up for adoption until she's been fully evaluated. 

MORE: Dog zipped up in backpack, dumped on roadside in Canyon County

But on Thursday the shelter announced the pup will get some help from a Good Samaritan in the community.

"Zoe is a sweet girl, but has special needs and was in need of a special person that would meet HER needs," the shelter wrote on Facebook. "Lucky for Zoe, we were able to find a wonderful local Samaritan that has agreed to have Zoe evaluated by a neurologist to give her the opportunity to live her best life!"

Animal Control officers at the Canyon County Sheriff's Office are still investigating who dumped Zoe on the side of the road. Anyone with information should call 208-454-7531.

"Animals cannot speak up for themselves or communicate what it is that is wrong, and we must do better by our furry companions by speaking up for them when they need it most," the shelter wrote. "If you are ever concerned about the well being of an animal PLEASE contact your local animal control for help!"