Willow the pit bull. (Credit: Go Fund Me)

Willow the pit bull. (Credit: Go Fund Me)

CHICAGO (CBS) — Willow is very sick and needs help.

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But, fund-raising efforts for a pit bull found earlier this month starving in an alley on Chicago’s South Side have hit a snag.

WBBM’s Nancy Harty reports, the people who run an Edgewater no-kill shelter were thrilled with donations pouring in to an online site to care for Willow, a severely malnourished one-year-old pit bull.

But once Executive Director Abby Smith looked closer at some suspicious donations, she learned $8,000 came from stolen credit cards.

She says she couldn’t fathom what kind of person would do that.

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She’s not sure if it’s a thief trying to be nice or just testing if the cards work.

Smith describes getting the news as “crushing.”.

But once she saw that people continued to give – legitimately – she says her faith has been restored.

As of this morning, the Willow Fund on gofundme.com had more than $14,000 in donations.

Smith says she hopes the money will care for Willow and other dogs and cats at the no-kill shelter.

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