Hero is now a healthy five-year old German Shepherd that life has not always treated so kindly. As a puppy and young dog, he lived with his elderly owners, who began to experience health issues and found themselves unable to care for him as a young and strong dog like Hero needed. So they chained him up. Not outside, but inside, where they could still be with him.
Hero remained chained inside their home. He sat and laid in his own filth. His owners tried to keep his small area cleaned, but eventually the floor started rotting away. His owners fed him well and gave him treats and toys, but never took him for a walk or brought him outside. He persevered, despite these conditions, for more than three years until one day a woman heard and saw the dog, the conditions in which he was living and cared enough to call Minnesota Federated Humane Societies to report the case of animal neglect that she had seen.
When a MFHS state humane agent went to the home to do a welfare check, they found Hero in a very unsanitary and dangerous situation. The kitchen table had been overturned and bolted to the floor. The dog had three chains, each around three feet long, around his neck, securing him to the table. The chains had cut deeply into his neck; the wounds were so deep that his neck tissue had begun to grow over the wounds in an attempt to heal them.
After removing him from the home, the chains were surgically removed from his neck, and he began his many month healing process. He had suffered nerve damage where the chains had worn his flesh. He experienced complications from a blockage in his intestines caused by pieces of two tennis balls that were removed from his stomach and intestines.
Hero is now about 5 years old and while he has no socialization experience with other dogs, cats or animals and hasn't quite yet learned how to walk on a leash, he is grateful and continues to heal in the foster home that has welcomed him and is bringing him back to health.
There are so many heroes out there, surviving in so many different situations and circumstances. Help us, help them become the found heroes and please consider donating to MFHS.
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