Several weeks ago, owners of a storage facility in Shreveport, La., made a horrific discovery inside of a unit which had been abandoned by renters.
Inside of the unit, lying on the concrete floor, was a lifeless four-month-old puppy who was chained to a car.
The puppy had been abandoned in the unit - left for at least a week, while outdoor temperatures were near the century mark, with no food, water or bedding.
The puppy, dubbed "Braveheart," by his rescuers was so weak from his time alone that the woman who discovered him believed that he had died. After picking up the gaunt body, and seeing the blink of an eye, the woman realized that somehow, against all odds, the puppy was still alive.
Braveheart was whisked away to the Animal Emergency Clinic, in Shreveport, La., where Dr. Conduff immediately went to work to save his young life. After being provided with IV fluids, a blood transfusion and other life-saving treatment, Braveheart turned the corner from brink of death, to fight for life.
TSR La Baby Mommas eventually took responsibility for the neglected puppy. Today, Braveheart is being fostered by Ronda Spataro, a veterinary technician for Benton Animal Hospital, and her husband, Bo.
He goes to work with me everyday for continued Vet care, and comes home with me every night. He weighed only 8 lbs at the time of his rescue and is now up to 16 lbs in just 3 weeks!
He has three other 4 legged foster brothers, one of which is Ray Ray, a 110 lb Pit Bull that Braveheart loves! His foster brothers are teaching him how to play and be a puppy for the first time.
Though Braveheart's physical trauma is fading, the emotional scars remain.
Spataro notes that Braveheart fears new people and it is difficult for him to trust - however, he is now safe, and showered with attention and kindness; she believes that he will eventually learn that people can be good.
Braveheart is fortunate that he was found and that he was taken in by an agency who was willing to fight for his life.
Donations are what allows TSR La Baby Mommas to continue to save lives everyday.
If anyone would like to make a donation, it would be greatly appreciated, no matter how small or large the donation is, every dollar helps.
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Note: The person responsible for Braveheart's abuse is being investigated by the police.
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