Rescuers free heavily chained dog—but what they found inside this hole was even more disturbing

A dog named Bella lived on a filthy property with 46 other animals, which were owned by a woman who didn’t take care of them.

To help her six puppies survive the hot weather and be protected, a 5-year-old, ill Siberian Husky mix managed to dig a hole for her babies, even though she had already rubbed her neck raw due to the metal chains around her neck.

“Bella had dug a hole for her puppies, right beside where she was found chained so that they could be cool and protected,” Kristen Kerr, digital communications specialist for SPCA of Texas, told The Dodo, in a report dated Dec. 8. “The puppies were only a day or two old when we rescued them.”

“It’s likely that her strong maternal instincts and dedication to caring for her puppies, despite the tough situation she was in, is what kept them alive,” said another communications specialist, Madeline Yeaman.

“The only protection she had from the elements was the little shade the tree was providing,” Kerr added. “She had access to food, but water was not easily accessible and what little was there was dirty.”

When animal rescuers from the SPCA of Texas were called to the property, they were astonished to see the terrible condition the animals were in. In addition, they found dead animals scattered across the property. Those that had survived include 28 dogs, 6 puppies, 2 cats, 9 kittens, and 1 turtle, but all had health problems.

“They were suffering from various health issues, including hair loss, long nails, eye discharge and flea infestation,” Kerr said. “Most of the dogs tested positive for heartworms, which the SPCA of Texas provided treatment for.”

The animals were either locked up in cages or chained up with heavy metal chains around their necks on the property.

“The SPCA of Texas’ Animal Cruelty Investigations Unit had to use bolt cutters to free some of the dogs,” Kerr said. “The chains had rubbed some of the dogs’ necks raw.”

These poor animals didn’t have enough food, water, or proper shelter, and it seemed they no longer trusted people.

“Their emotional state was fragile,” Kerr said. “A lot of these dogs were reserved and unsure of human touch. The SPCA of Texas staff and volunteers worked tirelessly to help these animals learn to trust and to accept a nice, loving touch.”

Bella and her six puppies were rescued and stayed together for several months in foster care. After they grew big enough, they were all adopted into forever loving families, including Bella.

“Because of our foster program, Bella and her puppies were able to get a second chance, and they all found loving and forever homes,” Kerr said. “The puppies were adopted at an offsite event, and Bella was adopted through our Foster Ambassador Program.”

“The most emotional part of this case was watching these initially shut-down and reserved animals find confidence, happiness and optimism through the compassion and love that the SPCA of Texas’ team provides,” Kerr added.

Photo Credit: Facebook | SPCA of Texas.

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