* UPDATE on Deacon, the dumped puppy

A 6-month-old puppy wound up at the Baltimore Animal Rescue and Care Shelter (BARCS) yesterday after she was dumped in a city alley, and now the shelter and animal control officers want to know who left her there.

Named Deacon, the puppy was found by a good Samaritan in an alley behind Deacon Hill Court in the Brooklyn neighborhood. The person who found her said the pup was friendly and tried to get up, but was too weak to move on her own and must have been left there earlier that day. She had signs of malnutrition, an extreme case of mange that's caused lesions all over her body, and sepsis.

She was found bleeding from wounds all over her and starving. BARCS officials said had she not been found, she likely wouldn't have survived much longer. She was fed and treated at BARCS and then sent to Noah's Ark Rescue in South Carolina by emergency transport  at 4 a.m.

Anyone with information about this puppy is asked to call Animal Control at 410.396.4688. To donate toward her care, visit noahs-arks.net. To donate to BARCS' Franky Fund, which helps provide emergency medical care for homeless animals like Deacon, visit baltimoreanimalshelter.org/donate.