The Shaw Pit Bull Rescue in Columbus, Mississippi, was full and unable to get more dogs. But when they got that terrible phone call and saw the horrible photos, they knew they had to do whatever it took to make room for one extra soul.
After that, police officers handed them a dog that was in terrible condition. He was over twenty pounds underweight with all ribs showing up. And he had injuries all over the body from all the dirt and rain that he went through.
The worst part? He was not a street dog.
This poor dog had an owner who had chained him in isolation for the last five years. Chained to a post in the mud, without food or even water.
Since the police was the one who dropped off the dog, Shaw Pit Bull Rescue had many unanswered questions about him. So they called his previous owner to find out more.
The conversation with him made them sick. They found out that the name of the dog was “Bad Dog” since that is all that the owner had ever called him. And that he was not allowed to be around children or other animals. During all these years, he didn’t go to the vet and, certainly got no love or attention.
Shaw Pit Bull Rescue couldn’t believe what they were hearing.
“We decided to hang up the phone and did what we do,” they post on Facebook. “We love him. We care about him. We warmed him up inside and out. And we tried to dry him it as best we can. Then we promised him that he would never be called ‘Bad Dog’ again.”
They decided to call him Phoenix and promised that they would be there at every step of the recovery. As he recovered and adapted to a life full of love and affection.
Now, Phoenix knows what it feels like to feel the warmth of a heater and the comfort of a real bed. He is in great hands and never needs to worry about being overlooked or ignored ever again!
Phoenix is loving all the attention and even greeted the rescue team with a tail wag at the kennel gate before returning to it.
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