It’s so frustrating to know that someone desperately needs your help, but they turn you down.
It’s even worse when you have to stand by and watch as their situation gets worse and worse. And still they refuse your help.
That’s what happened to members of a small Connecticut community recently when they came together to rescue a dog in need.
It had been spotted in a neighbor’s yard, malnourished and sad-looking.
The homeowners called the Wolcott Dog Pound who sent a rescue team immediately to help.
But, instead of being relieved at the sight of the friendly humans, the dog sped away!
Luckily, the would-be rescuers didn’t give up so easily; they stayed on the dog’s trail and followed her, hoping they could track her down.
Sadly, though, when they realized where she’d gone, they knew they were facing another problem:
The terrified pup had “escaped” into a water-filled storm drain!
Because of recent storms, the drain was filled with fast-moving, icy cold water.
And the rescuers realized that the dog was in grave danger of being swept away in the current!
Furthermore, because she was so thin, the cold water would be even more taxing to her system. Time was definitely not on their side.
They tried to call her out of the drain, but she didn’t come.
Either the dog was too petrified to move, or she was already in severe trouble and couldn’t.
They knew they didn’t have much time, though.
The storm drain emptied into a nearby reservoir, and they needed to get her out of the pipe before she drowned or was otherwise injured.
The whole community pulled together, and with help from the local volunteer fire company, rescuers employed every idea they could think of.
Finally, with “some unusual techniques and apparatus,” (whatever that means, we are just glad they were creative!), the poor terrified dog was pulled free!
She still didn’t trust her rescuers and tried to get away, but the determined group managed to get her contained and eventually got her to a warm, safe, dry spot.
Once they got a good look at her, they were surprised to find she was a blue Mastiff…one who was obviously in rough shape.
She had been over-bred, was nervous around people, and severely malnourished.
Because she had been in the very cold water for so long, there was also the fear she had hypothermia, so she was rushed to the Watertown Animal Hospital.
They decided to call the dog “Stormy” because of her unusual rescue. Vets determined that Stormy had indeed led a very rough life.
She was obviously unsocialized and had a severe distrust of humans. Likely rightfully so!
The community didn’t give up on Stormy after her rescue was completed, either.
The shelter was inundated with donations of tasty treats to help Stormy get her strength back and put some weight on.
She is recovering from her experience, but it is going to take a lot of time and patience before she will be available for adoption.
She needs to learn that humans can be “givers of good things” and not just a source of pain and abuse!
In the meantime, they’re looking for any information on where the dog came from and how she came to be on her own during the storm.
If anyone recognizes Stormy, they’re asked to contact the Wolcott Dog Pound or call the Wolcott Police Department at (203) 879-1414.
Source: I Heart Dogs