In Cincinnati locals would hear muffled barking coming from an abandoned house until one day they dared to go and check out who was calling so desperately for help. To their surprise, they discovered an emaciated bulldog in the filthy basement of the dilapidated house.
Barking had been coming from an abandoned Cincinnati home for weeks. On hearing the desperate cries for help, the locals decided to step in. They tracked down the homeowner, who gave them the keys to the basement and asked them to fill the water bowl of the dog he kept there. What the neighbors saw could not be put into words. Instead of a dog they found a miserable emaciated creature.
On opening the door, the bulldog immediately rushed to the people. The poor thing snuggled up to them with joy and fear at the same time. It was obvious how desperately this little girl needed love. Gracie, 2, had spent her entire life locked in that filthy, cold basement.
She had been used to breed puppies, but her owner no longer needed her. He'd come in a couple of times a week and throw a bag of scraps down in the basement. His neighbors couldn't let him get away with it and contacted the animal control.
The owner, of course, didn't care. He agreed to surrender the dog because she couldn't get pregnant anymore. The same day, a local shelter, QCBR, responded to the request to take the dog in, and Gracie was finally rescued from the basement.
When she found herself outdoors, Gracie started rolling in the grass and licking her rescuers. She was incredibly happy to smell the fresh air for the first time, to walk in the grass and, of course, to learn that people can be kind.
"She rolled in the grass and SMILED," says the QCBR rescuer
In 24 hours, this dog changed beyond recognition, from a frightened poor thing to a happy smiling beauty so grateful for being rescued
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After two years of living in the basement, Gracie was spayed and treated for skin infections. Fortunately, she is on the mend now. It didn't take long to find a foster family for her, and now her foster parents are thinking of keeping the sweet bulldog forever.
Now Gracie lives the happy life she never knew. She is surrounded by people who love her, care for her, feed her, and play with her. What else does a dog need to be happy?
Although she is still getting over her ordeal, Gracie is very sweet and affectionate. As she started her new life, a smile has never left her face!
Be happy, Gracie!
Have you ever helped an animal in trouble?
Source: The Dodo
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