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DETROIT LAKES, Minn. – In the years before they met, Frankie and Joe had been down on their luck.

Frankie was homeless and living on the streets when he was taken in by Aldrich veterinarian Bridget King, founder of Pets Abandoned Wanting Support, or PAWS, in 2011.


The 2-year-old dog was severely underweight and bearing scars around his neck from the choke chain that a former owner used to restrain him – scars he still bears, though now hidden beneath a healthy coat of fur.

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