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Dr. Andy Mathis first met the pitbull that would come to be named Graycie Claire when a good samaritan found her abandoned on the side of the road and brought her through the doors of Granite Hills Animal Care of Elberton, Georgia.

Graycie Claire at Granite Hills Animal Care.
Graycie Claire at Granite Hills Animal Care.

Graycie Claire was clinging to life, suffering from the consequences of neglect at human hands: she was emaciated, hypothermic, and had a severe genital prolapse, among other health issues. Dr. Mathis briefly considered the agonizing decision to euthanize Graycie Claire, but ultimately decided to hope against hope and vowed to not give up on her, as so many others before had done, but to at least give her a chance.

Dr. Andy Mathis with Graycie Claire.
Dr. Andy Mathis with Graycie Claire.

Under the care of Dr. Mathis and the dedicated staff of Granite Hills Animal Care, Graycie Claire made a miraculous recovery in her physical condition and began to put on weight; however, the invisible wounds of her abandonment and neglect were still fresh, and she was still wary and distrustful of people. Dr. Mathis was determined to prove to Graycie Claire that she was finally safe and well-cared for, and that she could begin to trust people. You can see his dedication to and affection for Graycie Claire in this video as he attempts to bond with her over breakfast.

Graycie Claire still has a long road ahead of her, but she has come much farther than anyone else would have expected had they met her that fateful night. Dr. Mathis continues to be optimistic and eagerly anticipates the day that Graycie Claire will finally find her “forever home.”

Graycie Claire, in a February 19 photo from Granite Hills Animal Care's Facebook page, among her many donations of treats, toys, and blankets!
Graycie Claire, in a February 19 photo from Granite Hills Animal Care’s Facebook page, among her many donations of treats, toys, and blankets!