Sunny, a 13-year-old chow-husky mix, spent most of her life tied to a tree near an empty house in Connecticut.
She finally was rescued by animal control officers in January.
When Sunny was taken to the animal shelter, workers had to cut 30 pounds of matted hair and feces from her fur. She also was mostly deaf, extremely underweight, and had a heart rate 50 percent compared to a normal dog.
Gregg Rapoport, a cardiologist for the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, said it seemed that Sunny had endured a pattern of neglect. But he added that despite being abandoned for most of her life, Sunny had the “right spirit.”
Fortunately for Sunny, someone was looking out for her welfare. A neighbor spoke to the animal shelter about Sunny and her health, and she started to raise around $6,000 for Sunny’s medical treatment, which also included a pacemaker for Sunny to help her weak heart.
Sunny has recovered from her surgery and is doing well. A month after her surgery, Rapoport, the man that helped this neglected dog, decided to adopt her and give her a loving home.
“Although she was tied to a tree for 13 years, she doesn’t show any sign of looking back,” Rapoport said.
Source: Boston Globe