The subject is one that leaves people speechless and upset: animals who have been mistreated and starved by their owners. But what the New Jersey animals rights organization, Associated Humane Societies’ Newark Animal Shelter, found in a garbage pile one day was more shocking than anything that had come before.
Inside a plastic bag, they found a bundle of misery: a dog so emaciated that he was barely more than skin and bones. But even though the picture suggests otherwise, this poor dog was somehow still alive!
How the dog ended up in the garbage is not known, but thanks to his registered chip, authorities were able to locate his owner. This person allowed Patrick (a name give to him by his rescuers) to go hungry and simply watched as the dog slowly wasted away.
The poor dog was immediately taken to a special animal hospital because his life was hanging by a thread. Emaciated animals like Patrick have to be reintroduced to food very slowly because their stomachs have gone without it for so long.
Patrick was kept warm with heating pads and blankets because his body was so stripped of fat that he couldn’t retain enough body heat.
During his stay at the animal hospital Patrick was given constant care and affection. His previous owner’s unkindness had almost killed him, so it was time for him to learn what loving care meant.
And then came a sign that Patrick was really doing much better: after a few days, he was able to do his business outside. That meant that his body was starting to function normally again. He was still very weak, but the hope of him surviving grew with every passing day.
It took a long time for Patrick to fully recover from the physical and psychological trauma he had suffered. Despite receiving lots of loving care, he remained shy and frightened of people.
Today Patrick is the perfect picture of a healthy, happy, and well-nourished dog. He is lively and enjoys the love of the woman who adopted him.
People who are cruel to animals do not deserve to be near them, let alone own them. As it turns out, Patrick’s previous owner had been arrested for other offences. Luckily, everyone involved in Patrick’s recovery believed in him and never gave up. This sweet dog is now so full of love, and he has learned to give his trust to those who have earned it.