Judy Obregon, founder of a dog rescue group called The Abandoned Ones, got a call about a stray Poodle-mix she had been trying to save. But once she saw the photo of the dog lying there, she knew she was too late. He was already gone.
Obregon got a call earlier about local kids tormenting the dog.
“Kids were throwing food out on the street, so the dog would run out onto the street,” Obregon told The Dodo. “Then neighbors saw some children tying a water hose around his neck.”
Obregon diligently went back to the neighborhood three times, attempting to catch the dog but to no avail. Then the woman who contacted her about the dog in the first place sent her that heartbreaking photo, it broke her heart. If only she was able to catch him sooner.
“I started crying because I felt like I didn’t do enough,” Obregon said. “I felt like I wasn’t there on time to get to this dog before he ended up in this situation.”
Still, the dog didn’t deserve to lie there like that so Obregon went immediately to him. When she got there, the most incredible, unexpected thing happened.
“When I came to him, he was still in the same spot, but his head was up,” Obregon said. “I was probably the happiest person in the world.”
Obregon picked the dog up and named him Gully. She was certain if she didn’t get there when she did, he really wouldn’t have made it.
A retired pastor living in Cape Town, South Africa was driving by the train tracks. He saw a strange plastic bag sitting there and got a sinking feeling. He stopped to investigate.
Pastor Van Wyk had devoted his life to God. The pastor was used to seeing the good in everything– even things that were tainted– but what he discovered that day would haunt him forever. Pastor Van Wyk was driving along the railroad tracks and saw a tied up plastic bag. His gut sank– he knew something wasn’t right about the situation.
He stopped his car anyway and walked over to the bag. What he found inside broke his heart. There was a severely abused puppy tied up with shoelaces. His four legs were tied together as well as his snout. The dog couldn’t bark. He couldn’t pant. Who would do such a thing?
The pastor was afraid to touch the dog– when he tried, the puppy winced and yelped. The pup needed professionals to handle everything IMMEDIATELY!
Rudy was one of millions of pups that find their way into shelters every year. But this abused dog had suffered so much inexplicable horror that he couldn’t even be adopted out to the public. Severe beatings, a broken hip, eye and ear infections, mange… Rudy was in a pitiful state, and with no hope in sight, was scheduled to be put down.
Miraculously, the pup was saved from death row with only hours to spare by a local rescue group called Houston Street Dogs. Watching his tail wag when he eats his first decent meal and gets a little love is enough to reduce any dog lover to tears. But Rudy’s long journey back to health and peace wasn’t over. For months, he underwent extensive treatment, injections, and medications to cure him of his various ailments.
Too often we hear stories about people mistreating animals. Isn’t it lovely when something like this comes along? A story that is all about love and compassion? YES!
The retail giant, IKEA, now has an open door policy in their Catania, Italy store. The staff opens their doors, with the home store’s cozy furnishings, to stray dogs who would otherwise be on the streets freezing in the cold. Dogs otherwise forced to find shelter where they can, often curled up on cold concrete, shivering miserably, can now rest their weary heads on warm shag carpets, away from Mother Nature’s wrath.
Last Friday morning, Allen Boartfield woke up to a distressing phone call. Two small dogs had been spotted sitting next to a mountain of trash on a street corner in Barstow, California.
“I was contacted about them at 8 a.m.,” Boartfield told The Dodo. “I was given an intersection and told I couldn’t miss them.”
The dog’s owner had been evicted, and in the process of packing up, had put her two dogs in a wire cage and left them amidst the pile of old blankets and unwanted clothes for the morning garbage pickup.
Boartfield, a volunteer with Dream Fetchers: Project Rescue, drove to the intersection, and thankfully the two pups, now named Treasure and Catch, were still there. But it was clear to Boartfield that the tumultuous morning had taken a toll on the animals.
Authorities found 44 frozen dogs and 130 live dogs at a New Jersey home, which smelled of animal feces and urine.
Donna Roberts, 65, of Shamong Township, has been charged with animal cruelty, after detectives assisted the Burlington County Health Department with an inspection of the house. Upon arrival, they witnessed the “deplorable and inhumane conditions” that these dogs were kept in, inside and outside the home.
The smell inside the home was so strong that officials who entered became dizzy and nauseous. Some of the dogs there were living in conditions as bad as it smelled, if not worse.
Below are 17 of the cutest mixed-breed dogs you ever will see. And some of the owners admit they don’t even know exactly the mix of their dogs nor do they care! They love them all the same regardless. 🙂