A starving dog who was abandoned in a back garden has made a remarkable recovery after being rescued by a group of four housemates.
Stephanie, Alexandra, Hugo and Alejandro – who all share a home in Miami – had been told by their landlord that there was a neglected dog tied up in the neighbourhood, reports the Huffington Post.
The group – who already have three dogs and a kitten, decided to go and investigate the situation and filmed the shocking moment they found the dog – a Dogo Argentino cross – tied up with no food, water or shelter.
Alexandra wrote on a GoFundMe page:
Initially we thought the house was abandoned… but after about 20 minutes a man came through the gate.
We confronted him and his response was: ‘That’s my nephews dog, he left him here months ago and I’m not interested in taking care of him’.
They called animal control and were told that, given its condition, the dog could well be put down.
So instead, the four housemates took him under their wing – naming him Ganesh – and launched a GoFundMe page in the hope that people would donate to Ganesh’s medical bill.
The response from strangers has been overwhelming with donations nearing $3,000 (£2,100) and the four roommates have promised to use any leftover money to help other animals in need.
They’ve also shared copies of their vet bills and receipts online, so that people know their plight is legitimate.
Ganesh has made a remarkable recovery and is now in good health but his rescuers are hoping to find a more permanent home for him.
Alexandra said that over the past few weeks the change in the dog’s demeanour has been incredible:
The most beautiful experience so far has been the endless gratitude and loyalty he has shared with each of us.
All that matters to him at this point in life is giving and receiving more and more love. Well, that and food!
We hope that Ganesh finds a permanent and loving home soon.