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A Starving Dog Who Lived On Sticks And Rocks Is Being Nursed Back To Health

Alex is returning to full health after being saved. Warning: Some people may find these images distressing.

Posted on October 24, 2014, at 7:02 a.m. ET

Alex the Weimaraner was found wandering the streets of New Orleans on 9 October in an emaciated and terrified state.

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Staff from the city's Southern Animal Foundation rescue centre took him in immediately as it was clear the poor dog needed help fast.

X-rays discovered Alex had rocks and twigs in his stomach but nothing else, Fox 8 reported.

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A few days later, the rescue centre said on its Facebook page that the dog’s stomach had flipped and that he was declining rapidly.

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“Please keep him in your thoughts," the centre said. "This poor boy has been to hell and back."

Thankfully, the surgery was a success, and Alex is now slowly but surely returning to health.

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Deanna Theis, the assistant director of the Southern Animal Foundation, told Fox 8: "How he is still alive at this point is pretty much a miracle. He was extremely close to death."

Alex is now said to be 43 pounds and gaining weight all the time.

When he is strong and healthy enough, the rescue centre will attempt to find him a home.

In the meantime, his recovery has seen him become something of a local celebrity.

A BuzzFeed News investigation, in partnership with the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, based on thousands of documents the government didn't want you to see.