KITCHENER -- The Humane Society of Kitchener Waterloo and Stratford Perth received over $6,000 in donations in less than 12 hours and $12,000 in total to help save an elderly dog who was found in a plastic bag on the side of the road.

The humane society said the dog was found in "very poor condition" near Listowel on July 30. The vets at the humane society performed several tests and found many health concerns, including chronic vaginal prolapse, multiple mammary tumours, dental disease, arthritis and severely overgrown toenails.

The dog, who is about 12 years old, was named Mildred by staff at the humane society. She's been spayed and had a number of tumours removed.

“Mildred still has a long road to recovery and will continue to need multiple surgeries to improve her condition.  She was evaluated by a board-certified veterinary surgeon today and diagnosed with chronic vaginal hyperplasia, which the specialized surgeon is scheduled to remove and repair next week.” Veterinary Director Dr. Laurel Gale said in a news release.

The humane society has launched a campaign called "Mildred Needs Your Help" to raise funds for Mildred's recovery. Their goal was set at $5,000 and any remaining funds will help other animals in need of treatment.

On Friday afternoon, the humane society said they had raised over $6,000 in less than 12 hours for Mildred, and that she would soon be in surgeries.

They add that she should be ready for a new home in about a month's time.

"I think that we want to find a home for her where she can rest quietly and comfortably where she can get some snuggles," said Gale. "I think anyone who adopts her knows they are adopting a senior pet, so there will be some ongoing costs associated with her care."

Mildred's case has been reported to Provincial Animal Welfare Services.