Francis is the nation's new Super Model pooch - - Jackson, MS

Francis is the nation's new Super Model pooch

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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

We've been following Francis, the miracle puppy since February.

Recently, his story of abuse and survival was entered into a national photo contest.

Thousands in prize money was up for grabs, to help other animals at CARA - Jackson's no kill shelter.

And now there's a new "super model in town."

In sub freezing weather and a cold hard rain, the puppy was found beside a trash bin in a coma and on the brink of death from neglect. He was limp and barely breathing in a cardboard box.

His rescuers took him to CARA.

Initially there was little hope.

CARA and friends nurtured the frail puppy back to health.

His story captured the hearts of animal lovers nationwide.

Francis gradually began to eat and walk again. 

His caretaker is now Harriet Sims Scott.

"He has no residual effects from what he went through," Scott said. "He's just great. He's just a dog, but he's a super model."

Harriet, his adopted mom, took a chance, entering the poster pooch's story and photo in a national contest on a website called

"He made such an impact on so many people locally and brought so much to the state as far as awareness about abuse that his story needed to be made public," Scott said.

There was a groundswell of support by his followers.

"Thousands, thousands," Scott said. "I think at last count he had almost 8,000 votes."

In the wee hours of Monday morning the contest ended.

The miracle pups story was voted the most deserving nationwide.

And the grand prize will help his shelter buddies.

"$10,000 for CARA plus there is a $300 gift card from the Fuzzy Nation people."

Plus a dog bed to boot.

The super model strutted through the aisles at CARA Monday, with his shelter pals barking in unison as if to say, thanks Francis.

Fans who have followed his heroic story are saying kudos for the little dog that fought every day of his young life and survived the odds.

Patsy Martin put together a poignant Facebook "Thank You" note.

One line of the song, Wanda's thank you note says "You never know when it's your time to go."

The song is about giving thanks back to those who believed and those who shared their life with him.

Many worried Francis would die.

But he made it and now perfect strangers are raising a cup of cheer.

CARA says the $10,000 prize money couldn't come at a better time.

Donations are down this time of year and the need is great. 

You can follow Francis on his Facebook page and gauge the reaction to his big win on Fuzzy Nation.!/groups/francisfollowinghispawprints/?notif_t=group_activity!/CARACares!/fuzzynation

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