Fort Worth Dog Rescued From Starvation

By Arezow Doost, CBS 11 News

FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM) – He plays like any other puppy, but it is a long way from where Bones was four months ago. “When we picked him up, he was nothing but skin and bones,” explained Kathy Radovich with Family PetCare in Fort Worth. “We immediately named him Bones.”

The pitbull was found inside a garbage bag on Anderson Boulevard in Fort Worth over the summer. “He was left in my trash pile,” says Radovich. When she realized that the dog was still alive, Radovich rushed him to the clinic where she works.

“He literally came back from the brink of dead,” says Dr. Tim Morton, a veterinarian at the clinic.

Morton said that Bones is about a year and a half old, and when he first examined him, he was less than half of what he should weigh. “In 20 something years of practice, it was the worst case of starvation that I have seen by far,” Morton explained. “It was sad.”

Veterinarian tech Sonya Zuniga has been key in his recovery. She was the one who was supposed to put Bones down. “He just kind of looked at me, couldn’t move his head, he just looked at me like… ‘Ah!'” explained Zuniga. “I said, ‘I can’t do it.'”

Since that time, Bones has more than doubled his weight. Family PetCare hopes to adopt him out and find him a new home by Christmas. But letting him go may not be so easy. “I never thought he would make it, and he would be so sweet,” said Zuniga. “He has such a good personality and he’s very smart.”

CBS 11 News first met Bones over the summer. After that first story, Family PetCare got a number of donations to help with the medical care for Bones. If you are interested in adopting him, the clinic is taking applications. There is a screening process. Or, the clinic has other rescue animals ready for adoption.

Family PetCare
1501 Handley Drive
Fort Worth, Texas 76112

  • randy williams

    I would love to adopt Bones —- Randy Williams 214-608-2107 good parent – my last dogs lived to be 15 and 16 years of age. Thelma and louise

  • Brad Barton

    I am the still photographer that made the image of Bones above.. and I can tell you, he was the best dog I saw all day. See my blog post at

    • Cee Jay

      Great story!!!! I needed the warm fuzzies. :o) LOVED the AFTER picture!

  • Twyla

    We have a special love for pitbulls! We have a 5 yr old female named Kliene (little in Dutch). I’m interested in adoption. The two would need to meet to see if compatible.
    Please keep us informed!!
    Bones story made my day!!

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  • Kathy Radovich

    If interested in adoption of Bones please contact Family PetCare 817-451-7387

  • fred

    i wood luv to get him

  • fred

    i wood luv to get bones

  • natalie

    hi,so sorry we adopted him
    natalie,sonya’s daghter.
    -sorry again.

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