A male pit-bull mix found last month outside a Pontiac animal shelter, emaciated and barely able to stand, has been cleared for adoption.

“He’s ready,” said Magee Humes, executive director of the Michigan Animal Rescue League, the shelter where Winston was found and has been cared for over the last seven weeks by a veterinarian and medical staff, in a statement. “We are excited about Winston’s recovery and are looking forward to finding his forever home.”

Winston was found Feb. 7 cowering in a bush outside the facility by a volunteer, who was walking a dog. He had a 15-foot rope tied around his neck.

The group began caring for the dog and posted his story on its Facebook page.

Humes said the organization still doesn't know whether Winston was dropped off at its office or if he wandered there.

“He weighed 48 pounds when I treated him on Feb. 8,”  Lauren Davenport, a vet with Advanced Animal Hospital in Sterling Heights. “Winston now weighs 63 pounds and could add another pound or two to be at his normal weight.”

She said he has quickly regained his trust in people.

“While he has improved a ton physically in the last seven weeks, his improved emotional state is even more remarkable,” she said.

Anyone interested in adopting Winston should call the animal rescue league at (248) 335-9290.

For information about the league, visit or its Facebook page.

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