By Samantha Gowen

Take a journey, in pictures, with Courage, a dog brought back from the brink of death after his owner allegedly withheld food for up to eight weeks.

The dog was rushed to a Garden Grove vet clinic in April. The 3-year-old German shepherd weighed half his normal body weight — 37 pounds — and had eaten dirt to survive.

That dirt was slowly killing him.

Eight months ago a dying, emaciated dog was rushed to a vet clinic in Garden Grove.

The German shepherd, known as Courage, has recovered from starvation and now weighs 90 pounds.

His owner, a full-time veterinary hospital employee, was arrested in April and charged with felony animal cruelty.

Kimberly Nizato’s court case continues at Norwalk Superior Courthouse.