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An incredible survival story is coming out of Northern Iowa. That's where a dog was left locked in a pen for three weeks after its owner moved away. Goldie, a playful golden retriever, went without food or water and out of starvation, she ate half of her tail to survive.

She was one of several dogs that had been abandoned at the rental property in Forest City. The new tenant was able to find homes for the seven filthy, emaciated dogs, but Goldie was in such poor condition, the landlord called the Humane Society of North Iowa for help.

"Goldie showed up at 46 pounds, which is 20 pounds under the weight of a normal Golden Retriever. You could see her rib cage underneath her skin. Her coat condition was in very bad shape. She was suffering from severe dehydration and starvation," said Sybil Soukup, Executive Director.

Goldie had to have the rest of her tail amputated. In the past few weeks, she has gained six pounds and is playful as ever. She's still recovering, but the shelter hopes to eventually find her a new home.

Story provided by KIMT-TV, Mason City, IA.