UPDATE: 'Hercules', dog highlighted by Wisconsin Humane Society on Giving Tuesday reunited with family

UPDATE: ’Hercules’, dog highlighted by Wisconsin Humane Society on Giving Tuesday reunited with family

Updated: 4:01 p.m. November 28, 2018

RACINE COUNTY, Wis. (CBS 58) -- In a shocking twist, Hercules the starving dog highlighted by the Wisconsin Humane Society for Giving Tuesday, has found his family. The family that lost the dog immediately recognized him and contacted the Humane Society.

Despite being missing for months, Hercules greeted his family with kisses in the lobby and was overjoyed to be back with his family. 

The Wisconsin Humane Society credits their supporters who shared Hercules' story for giving him a second chance with his same family.


Posted: 10:27 a.m. November 27, 2018

RACINE COUNTY (CBS 58) -- In honor of Giving Tuesday, the Wisconsin Humane Society is sharing the story of one of their dogs at the Racine Campus.

Hercules was skin and bones while living on the streets of Racine for months. According to WHS, Hercules would always run off when police tried to coax him. Neighbors were able to toss scraps to Hercules.

In mid-November, staff at the Racine Campus heard Hercules was on someone's front porch. When they arrived on scene, they saw that Hercules was extremely thin, cold, and scared. The dog backed himself into a nearby shed where rescuers were able to save him.

During his veterinary exam, Hercules' body condition score was 1 on a scale of 9; he was truly emaciated. There was less than 5% body fat on his 56lb frame, and his muscles had begun to atrophy.

Hercules has been steadily gaining weight and is quickly coming out of his shell. He still has a long way to go before he's healthy enough for a home of his own, but WHS will be there for him every step of the way.

Hercules' story is a reminder of the more than 40,000 animals the Wisconsin Humane Society serves every year. WHS runs on donations from generous people in the community who love animals.

In honor of Giving Tuesday, all donations made today to WHS will be automatically matched up to $10,000, thanks to WHS friend Jude Ford! Click here to make a donation, visit wihumane.org, or contact Christine at 414-431-6119.

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