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Dog left to die in trash pile gets second chance

Posted at 2:35 PM, Dec 15, 2013
and last updated 2013-12-15 22:05:28-05

LOS ANGELES (WDAF) – An abandoned dog left living among piles of trash, was given a second chance at life thanks to one organization.

Eldad Hagar, who is the co-founder of an animal rescue organization called Hope for Paws, had heard about the dog from an area resident who said the dog had been living at the site for at least a few months. He said when he first laid eyes on the dog left to die among heaping piles of trash, he said he heart broke.

“When I got there, I almost couldn’t believe what I was seeing,” Hagar told The Huffington Post. “It’s almost as if this place was struck by a tsunami.”

The dog, who rescuers named Miley, had been surviving in those conditions for months and was covered with wounds, bacterial infections and a terrible case of mange, and also suffered from both parasites and malnutrition. Hagar believes she was left in the trash piles by her owner.

Although he knew the dog would be in bad shape, Hagar said it was one of the worst cases of physical deterioration he had ever seen. He said she did not even have enough energy to get up and run away from him as he approached her.

“She was in so much pain,” Hagar said.

During the rescue Hargar said gaining Miley’s trust was not easy. He sat with the dog for an hour and offered her food before she would trust him enough to go anywhere with him.

“She was very lucky we rescued her when we did, because her condition would have continued to deteriorate until she would have died a miserable and painful death,” Hagar said.

After two weeks of intensive medical treatment, including antibiotics and medicated baths, Miley’s health started to bounce back. However, things started to really look up when she was introduced to another rescued dog named Frankie. Frankie is a Chihuahua who had been saved by the organization from drowning in a sewer tunnel.

The two dogs quickly became friends, and became very affectionate towards each other.

Hagar documented the entire rescue on camera, which is something their organization often does, and then posted an edited version of the videos to YouTube and their website. They use videos like this as a way to raise awareness and get the rescued animals adopted after they are rehabilitated.

CLICK HERE to visit the Hope for Paws’ website.

CLICK HERE to visit Hope for Paws’ Facebook Page.

(Source: The Huffington Post)