Utica, NY (WIBX) - The pit bull that nearly froze to death after being left outside in Utica during freezing temperatures is on the road to recovery.

According to Jerry Kraus, Public Relations and Marketing Director at the Stevens-Swan Humane Society, Apollo has gained 12 pounds since Monday.

Kraus said, "Apollo is doing much better. We still have to test him for temperament to see how he gets along with other dogs, cats and people and children so it's going to be a bit of a road back for Apollo before he's ready for adoption but we are thrilled to hear that there is a fundraiser coming up next week at the Electric Company featuring local musicians."

Kraus said the owner of the local music tavern called him up after Apollo's plight came to light and offered to organize the benefit to help with his medical treatment bills. Kraus said the benefit is happening next Thursday evening at the Electric Company on Varick Street. Organizers of the benefit say the show will start at 9:30PM and feature local musicians: John Leibing, Jay Schnitt, Jason Brady and Paul Case. The owner of the Electric Company, Zee, told WIBX that Leibing came up with the idea for the benefit.

Donations will be accepted at the door. Also, any dog food or other items for pets can be donated. Zee said the aim is to raise money to help cover Apollo's Veterinary bills. Zee and John Leibing will be on First Look on Thursday (2/3), the day of the event, to talk about their quest to help Apollo.