It never ceases to shock us how terribly people can treat their dogs. So many pets are abandoned and left for dead by their owners, often tied up in the middle of nowhere.
This leaves dogs helpless and exposed to the elements and can be fatal. One sad story shows the devastating effects this abandonment can have — along with the inspiring efforts one rescue took to save a life.
Recently in Minas Gerais, Brazil, a boy named Leonardo heard the sounds of a dog crying out for help. He looked in the woods, and discovered the shocking sight of a puppy tied up to a tree.
The poor dog was in terrible condition, and it’s easy to see why.
He was left tied up in the middle of a vacant lot in unbearable heat. He was extremely thirsty and hungry.
He had multiple injuries, caused by wild animals attacking him, and was seriously thin, his ribcage visible.
The dog was taken in by rescue group Paws 4 Hope, who hoped to “mend his body and heal his heart.”
The dog, named Bob, was given lots of water and put on a regimen of pain medication and antibiotics. His face swelled up due to his injuries being infected, and was given anti-inflammatory medication.
Through it all, the poor dog kept his spirits up. He seemed to be happy knowing he was in good hands.
“Despite all the brutality he has received and all the medical procedures he has to endure, he still wags his tail,” the rescue said.
For a while, things seemed to be hopeful for Bob. His wounds began healing, and his spirits improved after receiving a transfusion.
The rescue hoped that he would eventually heal and be able to go to a good home. But despite all their efforts to save him, things took a turn for the worst.
“Unfortunately, he had a respiratory failure suddenly and he couldn’t resist,” Paws 4 Hope announced. “Bob became an angel in heaven.”
While Bob sadly passed away, we can take solace in knowing he spent his final days receiving the love and care he never knew.
It’s a heartbreaking reminder of how dangerous it is to abandon dogs—and of the important work these rescues do to save them.
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