These are the shocking pictures of a dog that became so malnourished she couldn’t stand up by herself.
When sat down, a short chain was placed around her neck which prevented her from resting head. A perpetual state of misery.
The hound, named Cala, had been kept as a guard dog by a mechanic living in San Jose, Costa Rica. Horrifically, he never took her to the vet when she got sick, nor did he feed her on a daily basis.
It was thanks to the neighbours that Cala was salvaged from the brink of mortality. They contacted local police and dog sanctuary Territorio de Zaguates.
Lya Battle, founder of Territorio de Zaguates, told The Dodo:
I felt desperately sad and frustrated. The picture I first saw of her showed a pitiful creature robbed of its dignity and ready to give up — a dog whose spirit had been broken and was just waiting for the end to come while living a never-ending nightmare.
Her healing process was slow, and the humans around her still had to cause her pain through the curing of her wounds, especially the gash in her neck caused by years of hanging from a tight metal chain around her neck. Nursing her was as painful for her as it was for us, but eventually she understood that after the pain came love and treats, so she learned to deal with it like a champ.
The sanctuary saw Cala go from a weak, feeble animal, too sad to care about the final frontier she faced, to a stronger pooch willing to stand up for herself.
With time, we also got to see that willful creature incorporate play and goofiness into her daily routine. With every day that passed, we saw more of her personality come through. She went from fearing humans to trusting them and even ‘bugging’ them for attention.
Cala was still alive when we got to her. Probably her size helped tolerate the dose — that or she only got to a small bite of it.
In any case, Cala was saved. She struggled with neurological problems for a while after that but she came around again. She’s just too tough a cookie!
Battle doesn’t believe in coincidences. Cala survived years of neglect, torture, hunger and illness. She believes the dog was hanging on to life for a reason and had already found out that life had been worth hanging around for when ‘again humans appeared in the picture wanting to hurt her.’
After years of neglect, torture and imprisonment, Cala seems to be getting all the puppy misbehaving process out of her system and we all think that’s just fine. She is happy, strong, willful, a bit stubborn, and spoiled by her foster mom and family.
This rescue is an epic battle of good against bad and of hate against love, and in the end, as it always does, love wins. This rescue is the love-wins-don’t-give-up kind of rescue that fuels our stubborn madness a while longer.
Inspiring stuff. Cala, girl, keep doing you. Battle, keep on fighting the good fight.
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