Sometimes, even after a rescue group becomes aware of a problem and meets with the owner, they are unable to help.
Abuse, it seems, is a matter of “opinion”.
One day, Kaitlynn Kelly and her team at the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals were delivering straw to a pit bull that was under their care.
They noticed another pup tied to a doghouse nearby. The owner said the dog’s name was Marley.
The dog was tethered to the doghouse with a heavy chain that had worn his collar through the hair.
The circle around his house, the length of the chain, was devoid of grass, and was muddy and filthy.
“His doghouse was barren, his water bucket was so filthy that it was just another mud puddle, and his food bowl was at the farthest point that his chain would reach,” Kelly wrote.
The food he had available was old Cheerios, in a filthy bowl.
A bucket scummed over with green slime was his only source of water.
How sad is this? And doesn’t it make you furious?
Still, despite his grim surroundings the dog was cheerful and happy to see the strangers.
However, his owner apparently wasn’t interested in seeing Marley happy.
When the pup jumped and barked his joy, his horrendous owner shouted “Be still, be still!” and hit Marley on the head!
And he did this right in front of the rescuers!
Since the owner obviously didn’t feel any affection for him, the team begged him to let them take him and find him another home.
But, the owner refused.
And according to law, Kelly and her team just didn’t have the power to take the dog away from this cruel owner.
So, the team did all they could do to make Marley more comfortable.
They put straw on the muddy ground where Marley moved around, cleaned his filthy water bucket, brought him some fresh dog food, and replaced his 10-foot-long chain with a lightweight tie-out.
At least it was something!
“The tie-out added 5 feet to Marley’s living space,” Kelly shared.
You don’t think of 5 feet as very much space…unless it almost doubles your world!
Kelly left Marley behind that day, but she vowed that she was going to change his life.
“I might not be able to change the world, but I can change Marley’s world, and that’s just what I intend to do.”
It took a very long time, but eventually the owner gave in to the pressure from Kelly and her team and let Marley leave with them one day.
Marley, infested with parasites and suffering from 5 years of lack of exercise and undernourishment, was treated by medical staff at the shelter.
He had had so little human interaction that the only word he seemed to recognize was “no.”
Soon afterwards, Marley was adopted by one of the team members, Michael Moss, who fell for his unbreakable spirit.
“I really, really liked his little attitude … and [his] spirit that … wasn’t going to be broken,” said Moss.
Blessings on every genuine rescue worker whose only goal is to save as many lives as possible, and make those lives better!
Congrats Marley, on finally getting out of your prison, and into a happy home.
May you and your new “brother” have a long and happy life together!