Krista Miranda

By Krista Miranda

LifeBuzz Staff

They Fed Hundreds Of Stray Dogs Daily, But Noticed One Dog In Particular Who Needed Help.

A Scared Pup

A Scared Pup

Furever Bully Love Rescue

Five dogs walked up to the food and began eating, well except for one of them. This one appeared to be a one-year-old female hound mix. The RRAD volunteers recalled seeing her before, believing that she had been there for about four or five months. But she didn't act like the other dogs. As soon as she got near the volunteers, she dropped to the ground our of fear. Natalie was confused until she saw something.

Neglected And Abused

Neglected And Abused

Furever Bully Love Rescue

Natalie noticed that there were strange marks on the dog's head and back. It didn't take long for her to realized that they were scars. The dog was also malnourished. "She was definitely abused and neglected," said Natalie. She knew that they needed to take her away from the Redlands. "There was no way we were going to leave her there," she said. Unfortunately, her rescue would be much harder than expected.

Not Moving An Inch

Not Moving An Inch

Furever Bully Love Rescue

It took a few tries, but the volunteers finally managed to put the lead on the dog, who was later named Harper. But as they tried to move her to the truck, Harper wouldn't budge. Even as they pulled the leash, Harper stood her ground and refused to move. The rescuers didn't want to harm Harper, so they tried to do things a bit differently.

A New Tactic

A New Tactic

Furever Bully Love Rescue

It was obvious that Harper was afraid of people, but she wasn't aggressive. Natalie decided to try picking her up and putting her into the truck on her own. Natalie bent down and gently, and slowly, scooped up Harper from behind. She was shaking, but Harper didn't react with hostility. The moment that Natalie had her in her arms, Harper clung onto her with all of her strength. Natalie was shocked.

Time For A Checkup

Time For A Checkup

Furever Bully Love Rescue

"I had never had a dog hold onto me so tight," Natalie said. She was obviously traumatized, and it was clear that Harper needed affection. The volunteers decided not to use the crate, and instead, put the dog right on the blanket in the backseat of the truck. Harper, and the other dogs rescued, were brought to the vet in Orlando to be checked out. Harper was treated for worms, a tooth infection, and anemia, but that's not the only healing Harper needed.

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