In the US, the number of animal shelters is about 13,600, and these shelters take in approximately 3.9 million dogs annually. Out of this number, 2.7 million of these dogs are put down due to illness or lack of space to safer for them.
Animal shelters always have their hands full with dog rescues. These dogs are rescued from the most bizarre conditions and taken to shelters to be adopted. On one particular rescue by the Humane Society of the United States, they found something amazing.
The animal rescue team from the Humane Society was on their routine puppy mill raid in North Carolina. Adam Parascandola, who was a part of the animal rescue team, led the team. The sight of the puppy mill was a typical sight in their line of work. Puppies were littered all over the place, some in cages others were separated by fences and kept in drums. The conditions were horrendous and most of the dogs looked malnourished and sick, other animals were dirty and unkempt.
On seeing the animal rescuers, the puppies felt a gleam of hope, and we’re excited to see them, other puppies were indifferent and kept scratching their scarred, itchy bodies.
The rescuers found a shed at the back of the building, separate from the first kennel and the smell from that shed was unbearable. They went in and found the small canines in iron cages, and one particular dog caught Adam’s attention. The little Chihuahua, who was named Billy, was kept in a small rusted cage and could not be released from the cage because it was rusted. The cages had water affixed to bottles for whenever the puppies are thirsty, but this water had obviously been there for a long time because the color had changed. All the puppies were released, and Adam tried to break Billy out, but it was stuck. The Chihuahua had been through so much that he was missing almost half of his underjaw. Billy kept prancing around while Adam tried to open the cage, his little paws and small frame made the cage look big. The cage was eventually opened, and Adam picked him up and noticed that he barely had any flesh underneath his fur and was severely underweight. This was the single worst body condition in a dog that these rescuers have seen.
Adam felt responsible for his safety and health when he put his head on Adam’s shoulder, and he felt so relaxed, and he immediately decided to take the responsibility of giving Billy so much love, so he doesn’t have to suffer anymore.
Billy was minuscule and was missing his underjaw, but this never stopped him from being a happy dog. Adam described Billy as one puppy with an amazing personality that keeps him happy, every single day. These animal rescuers are our modern day heroes as they comb every part of the country searching for animals who have been neglected to give them a better life. You too can be a hero to the animals.