While most abused dogs, unfortunately, end up dying at the hands of their abusive owners without ever experiencing love, some dogs get a second chance at life, get rescued by a kind soul, and find a forever home with loving owners. Here is one such story.
This is Duke. He is a 10-month-old puppy who was kept tied to an old truck by his previous owner. Apart from this abuse, this owner also beat Duke and starved him with no access to food or water. In his young life, it seems Duke had never experienced kindness.
This life was really difficult. He couldn’t move much and had to relieve himself in spots very close to where he was. He even went 10 days without any food or water. Because of the starvation and dehydration, Duke soon became malnourished and his health was declining very fast. His situation was so dire he even had his own faeces all over him. Not only that, but he was also covered in fleas and had a broken leg because his owner had abused him.
Due to his very young age, his malnourishment and his injuries, it seemed like Duke could not make it. But don’t lose hope! The kind people at Rudozem Street Dog Rescue found him. They saw that Duke was on his own and chained up and they rescued him from his sad life.
Seeing his sad situation, even his rescuers couldn’t believe things had gotten that bad. One of his rescuers, named Rowles, had this to say: “It was a real shock when the vet said this was trauma to his feet. They were obviously broken. His feet were shattered. The ligaments in his feet were nonexistent. Bones were just floating about in his feet.”
Duke couldn’t be taken to a shelter because they were all full. Fortunately for Duke, a guardian angel in the form of Rowles came in and welcomed Duke into his family and home for the time being so Duke could get the care that he needed. Rowles, his wife and all their pets happily welcomed their new friends and they all took very good care of him and nursed him back to health.
But because of everything Duke had been through, he had some trouble adjusting to this new life and new people. Rowles said that, “He was OK when I approached him initially. But you could see that fear in the way he moved and the way he backed away for those first few weeks.”
But thankfully this all changed soon and Duke got close to his wife. “He really made an attachment with my wife Diane. He just loved Diane.”
Because Duke had a broken leg, he needed surgery. Apart from his broken leg, he also had no ligaments, and had trouble walking, even whimpering in pain. But thanks to the medical care he received, he became able to walk well on his own. And with all the lovely people around him, Duke slowly began to trust humans again.
Here are some photos of Duke in his bandages after his surgery.
It is amazing how Duke was able to recover from his horrible experience. Animals are more resilient than we think they are.
Off to a forever home!
A warm, kind and loving woman from England adopted Duke and gave him the forever home he deserves! With his legs all healed and the return of his ability to stand and walk, Duke was ready to go start his new life with his new family!
Just look at him now! There is no trace of that sad puppy chained up all alone, suffering with his injuries. In his place is a happy, healthy, sweet and spunky pup all ready to go on the next adventure with his loving family.
Thanks to the kind rescuers who put so much time and energy into saving abused animals, Duke got another chance at life. But this story also shows just how resilient dogs are and how they can overcome even the most horrendous things if they are given a small chance.
It makes us so happy to hear that he was rescued and that a kind-hearted person decided to make Duke a part of their family. I’m sure that’s one of the best decisions they have ever made!