A Terrible Sight
While traveling through Kentucky for personal reasons, a staff member saw a sight that stopped her dead in her tracks. Five dogs lay on chains and one looked deceased. She zoomed her camera in and realized the dog was alive. She and her traveling companions went into rescue mode and along with a local authority devised a plan to approach the owner. Once able to get a closer look, they realized there was a mother with three 4 week-old pups living in a shed.
After calculated conversation and a little trust building, we were able to rescue the dog in the worst shape that day. We remained in contact with the owner and went back a month later for the mamma, dad and three pups. The owner agreed to relinquish all but three of the dogs on the property. There was more work to be done.
We worked with the local rescuers to provide proper bedding and food and to work with the owner each day to try and convince him to relinquish the remaining dogs. It was a slow process but we were determined to remove every dog. When the local rescue official arrived, she was horrified to find that one of the dogs had died on the chain from hypothermia. There was another storm on the way.
A Happy Ending
Thanks to donor support, funds were quickly raised to return to Kentucky to rescue the remaining dogs. 8 of those dogs made it safely to our Good Newz Rehabilitation Center in Smithfield, VA where all are thriving. All but one are in their forever homes and we are confident that he will receive his rescue “lottery” in the near future. Never have we seen such broken spirits transform so quickly.
After many conversations and a build-up of trust, the previous owner now realizes what life for a dog really should be – inside with a family. He has become an advocate for anti-chaining and shares his education widely. We love this story for not only were the dogs saved but the owner was educated and will share his new found knowledge with others along the way.