A severely emaciated and sweet pit bull named "Willow" has become quite the online star since her story and youtube video went public and her rescue has inspired a new campaign called "Say Something" according to the Chicago Tribune December 15. This campaign is urging people of all ages to report any case of aninal abuse, neglect, or strays to a grown up or local authority.
Willow was found collapsed, and on her death bed near a trash can by an Animal Control Officer in early November after a neighbor called in a tip. She was taken in, and fostered by a rescue group and is now beginning to recover from her horrendous abuse and neglect. The youtube video shows more about the sad and downright pitiful condition which Willow was found, and promotes the Say Something campaign. If nobody called and tipped off Animal Control about that starving dog they saw wandering around, certainly Willow would not be alive today.
The group responsible for the campaign (and for taking in Willow) is Felines & Canines, who has been a non profit, no-kill shelter located in the Edgewood neighborhood of Chicago since 1977. Up until January of 2012, the shelter was only for cats and kittens, but fortunately for Willow and many other canines, they have since added a new wing to accommodate dogs in need as well. "We're hoping her legacy will be that when someone sees an animal in distress, they will say something: to a teacher, a parent, a police officer," says Abby Smith, executive director of Felines & Canines.
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