Siberian huskies are built to withstand extreme cold. They’re really amazing animals in that way.
But no animal can survive being chained up, starved, and abandoned in frigid temperatures.
Sadly, one beautiful Siberian husky named Cloud was all too familiar with such a nightmare, as his “home” was almost too hellish for words.
Rescue workers in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania got word of a house collapsing in the middle of winter. But when they arrived, they weren’t prepared for what they saw:
Cloud was chained up next to the collapsed structure and volunteers quickly realized the poor thing had been chained up for most of his life.
And it was such a horrid situation: Cloud was forced to stand in his own waste, and his only shelter was a battered truck cap.
In Pennsylvania, it’s illegal to keep a dog tied up outside for more than 9 hours a day and when temps drop below freezing, the dog can only be chained up for 30 minutes.
But tragically, Cloud appeared to have been chained up for a very, very long time … days, weeks, perhaps even months.
Said Hillside SPCA assistant manager Tricia Moyer:
“When we met Cloud we were in shock at his condition.
He was a broken, sad shell of a dog. His fur was thickly matted. He had a large mass on his hind end and he was very thin.”
Furthermore, the SPCA vet found a mass on Cloud’s rear that was actually a tumor, and he also realized the poor thing was deaf.
They couldn’t believe what bad condition he was in!
The team needed the help of a gifted, dedicated foster mom, and they found one in Eleanor Garrett with Senior Dog Haven and Hospice. Said Eleanor:
“This dog wasn’t acting like a dog at all, he’s just a mess.He’s walking into things.
I don’t think he’d ever been inside anywhere in his life, so he was just so out of sorts.”
Thankfully, however, after a great deal of time and patience, Cloud began to recover. His biggest obstacle was trusting Eleanor – and other humans – again, as he’d been so viciously abused.
But even that distrust began to erode and eventually, the lucky pooch recovered.
Not long after, he found a loving family who was willing to adopt him, and Cloud began a new chapter in his life.
And this chapter won’t include heavy chains, long exposure to inhumane temperatures, and other deplorable conditions.
No, Cloud is finally going to be happy and if it hadn’t been for that house collapsing, this dog might never have survived. Happy accidents of fate! 😀
Source: Honest to Paws