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Humane Society of North Iowa Executive Director Sybil Soukup plays with Goldie on Thursday.

Abandoned, Goldie loses tail to starvation

MASON CITY, Iowa – Once abandoned, forced to eat her own tail to survive, the golden retriever called Goldie is recovering at a northern Iowa shelter.

The Mason City Globe Gazette says ( the Humane Society of North Iowa took her in a couple weeks ago. She’d been abandoned with seven other dogs at a rental property in Forest City when their owner moved out.

The new tenant found homes for the other seven filthy, emaciated dogs. But not for Goldie, so the landlord called the Humane Society for help.

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 and is regaining fitness as she chases tennis balls

Shelter officials hope she’ll be adopted once she fully recovers.