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Emaciated pitbull gets new home, name

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It was love at first sight for a Buffalo EMT and a pit bull puppy she found starving on a Buffalo street in November and now Metro has a permanent home with the woman who helped save her life. YNN's Meg Rossman has more on Metro's new lease on life and her new name.

TOWN OF TONAWANDA, N.Y. — “To see her now, I mean, look at this."

A far cry from the emaciated pup EMT Norine Hoch discovered on a Buffalo street nearly two months and 20 pounds ago.

"Her eyes were just looking at us like, help me,” Hoch recalled. “She couldn't raise her head, she couldn't, she was in a fetal position."

And laying outside a Buffalo animal hospital on North Filmore, abandoned. When the Rural Metro EMT spotted Metro as she became to be known, it was love at first sight.

"Right away, when her big, big brown eyes looked at you,” Hoch said. “She just made you melt."

But it was a long road to recovery for the pit bull mix pup, who made a pit-stop at Ronnie Podolefsky's home along the way.

"The fact that she was able to leave here and have the strength to do it says so much for the SPCA people,” foster “Mom” Podolefsky said Monday. “But when we picked her up, she was just all legs. She was a skeleton with skin on it."

Now she has a new lease on life and a new name to boot.

"Her new name will be Abby," Hoch said.

A change her colleagues at Rural Metro support wholeheartedly.

"We're very supportive of the family and their wishes,” division general manager Jay Smith said. “Obviously, we thought Metro had a great tag to it, so we were happy she was called Metro for this period of time."

So supportive in fact, Rural Metro officials were on hand for Abby's adoption Monday and made a donation to Yelp for Help, the fund that originally paid for her care.

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