It is truly heartbreaking that animal cruelty is a very common occurrence.
But through the dark times come the moments of kindness and hope - as this story proves!
Despite being man's best friend...
via: GettyDogs are sadly one of the biggest victims of abuse and neglect. They are one of the world's most popular household pets, but for some completely unknown reason, people have been known to inflict all kinds of horrors on pups.
It's unknown how many animals are abused every year...
via: GettyBut animal abuse and neglect have long been a problem here in the States. Thousands of animals suffer and lose their lives at the hands of careless and ignorant individuals, and it pains me truly to be writing this story.
There is a light at the end of the tunnel, however.
via: GettyMillions of people around the world stand firmly against animal abuse, and there are endless animal organizations and charities out there that come together to protect our domesticated friends.
A fresh start for the unfortunate pets...
via: GettyThese organizations and charities rescue animals in danger and animals that are injured from abuse; they also strive to get these pets rehomed into a safe and caring environment.
Abused and neglected dogs show certain signs of having been hurt.
via: GettyAccording to a study conducted by a team at Best Friends Animal Society, dogs that have fallen victim to abuse and neglect are more likely to show behavioral traits such as fearfulness, aggression towards people and other dogs, hyperactivity, persistent barking, and bizarre and repetitive behaviors such as digging, spinning in circles, and hoarding.
These behaviors can make a dog dangerous.
via: GettyIn some cases, abused dogs have no hope of trusting humans again, which makes them aggressive and unsafe to have in a family home. Of course, this is not their fault, but it means that many families can't risk homing these poor pups. This sadly often results in euthanasia, which is always a last resort when it comes to caring for neglected animals.
This is why the kindness of strangers is of the utmost importance...
via: GettyAnd dogs who have been neglected or abused will need lots of rehabilitation before they can be adopted.
Dogs are abandoned in heartbreaking ways.
via: GettyAnd many wonder how anyone can be so heartless.
But the latest story of an abandoned pooch?
via: GettyWell, it might just be the most heartbreaking yet.
Because when a family decided to move house?
via: GettyThey simply decided not to bother bringing along their pet.
This is no way to treat an animal...
via: GettyAnd the video shared online has broken the hearts of the internet.
Even if there is a happy ending.
via: GettyThe video is still enough to break your heart!
The video was shared by Paws 4 Hope.
via: YouTubeAnd Laurica Nagel, who worked as a volunteer for a dog rescue organization, made the shocking discovery.
The dog was named Athena.
via: YouTubeAnd after her family had moved on, she had been chained to the side of a house, unable to escape.
She became extremely undernourished.
via: YouTubeAthena also had many fleas and ticks, plus had lost sight in one of her eyes.
When she was discovered, the scene was horrifying.
via: YouTubeIt was a miracle Athena was alive.
Luckily, there was hope for Athena.
via: YouTubeShe was rescued by the charity, and given medical treatment, food, water, and a wash.
People were relieved.
via: YouTubeIt's amazing to see Athena looking well and healthy once more.
Although others were looking to the future.
via: YouTubeWe have our fingers crossed for Athena to find a forever home soon!