01/14/2014 14:11 EST | Updated 03/16/2014 05:59 EDT

Charges laid against owners of starved dog Molly

Charges have been laid against the owners of a shepherd-cross named Molly, who was found emaciated and near death last November on Vancouver Island.

Rupert Wilson and Crystal Bee of the Fort Rupert Reserve are facing animal cruelty charges under the Criminal Code, following a B.C. SPCA investigation.

RCMP in Port Hardy discovered the 18-month-old dog tied up outside on the couple's porch on Nov. 25. 

“She was in critical condition, non-responsive and shivering, with a collar deeply embedded in her neck,” said Marcie Moriarty, the B.C. SPCA’s chief prevention and enforcement officer, in a statement.

Molly was rushed to a nearby veterinary hospital for life-saving medical treatment, before being transported to a SPCA foster home in Nanaimo.

Since then, the dog's condition and nutritional needs have been closely monitored by its caretakers. 

"She is still too thin, but she is recovering and her weight has increased from 12.2 kilograms to 18.8 kilograms,” said Moriarty. 

"The fact that Molly has survived is a true miracle."

The dog will be placed in a permanent home when it is strong enough to make the transition.