They Called Him ‘Bad Dog’: Chained to a Pole in Mud for 5 Years, Neglected Dog Feels Warmth for First Time

August 8, 2019 Updated: August 8, 2019

Sometimes doing nothing instead of helping someone is not an option, and doing “the best I can” is not enough. That was true in the case of “Bad Dog” and the Mississippi shelter that had to rescue him even though it had no more room.

Neglected or abandoned pets are far too numerous these days, and shelters simply can’t handle the volume of animals that are turned in. For these homeless pets, it’s a crisis.

When Shaw Pit Bull Rescue in Columbus heard about Bad Dog, they had no room in their facility to take him in—the shelter was full.

تم النشر بواسطة ‏‎Shaw Pit Bull Rescue‎‏ في الثلاثاء، ١٢ فبراير ٢٠١٩

تم النشر بواسطة ‏‎Shaw Pit Bull Rescue‎‏ في الثلاثاء، ١٢ فبراير ٢٠١٩

However, when they saw the photos of the poor dog and the horrific neglect he faced in his living situation, they knew that they had to find a way to make space for him no matter what it took.

Bad Dog had been living in seclusion, chained to a pole in mud with no food or water for the past five years. When the police recovered the animal and brought him to the shelter, he was in horrible shape. He was 20 pounds (approx. 9 kg) underweight, and all of his ribs could be seen through his skin. He was covered in sores from exposure to mud and rain.

One would think that the poor dog had been abandoned by his owner and left to die, but shockingly, that was not the case. The owner of the property where Bad Dog was found had kept him that way for five terrible years.

تم النشر بواسطة ‏‎Shaw Pit Bull Rescue‎‏ في الثلاثاء، ١٢ فبراير ٢٠١٩

تم النشر بواسطة ‏‎Shaw Pit Bull Rescue‎‏ في الثلاثاء، ١٢ فبراير ٢٠١٩

Shaw Pit Bull Rescue decided to call up the owner to answer some questions that they had, which only served to nauseate them. That was when they learned that the owner had named him “Bad Dog,” as that was the only thing they ever called him.

He had received no love or attention, nor was he taken to the vet in years.

“Sometimes owners are crap, and that’s exactly what he got stuck with,” the shelter wrote on Facebook.

“We got off the phone, and we did what we do. We loved him. We cared for him. We warmed him inside and out. And we tried to dry him off as best as possible. Then we promised him that he will never be called ‘Bad Dog’ again.”

Our boy is not doing well at all, today 🙁 He is headed to an emergency vet visit to receive IV fluids, vitamins and a…

تم النشر بواسطة ‏‎Shaw Pit Bull Rescue‎‏ في الثلاثاء، ١٩ فبراير ٢٠١٩

تم النشر بواسطة ‏‎Shaw Pit Bull Rescue‎‏ في الثلاثاء، ١٢ فبراير ٢٠١٩

They gave him a new name, Phoenix, and made a promise to care for him on his journey to recovery.

As you can see from the photos taken after Phoenix was taken under their wing, his muddy hellhole was replaced with an electric heater to warm his soaking-wet bones and a soft, dry bed.

Watch that first tail wag caught on video after Phoenix was brought to the shelter:

Oh my precious! Today Phoenix is up and meeting us at the kennel gate before we can even get back there to him! What a proud moment this is! Just watch that tail wag! We now have our #PhoenixStrong t-shirts in child sizes as well. How could we deny this dog the love of a child, or deny that child the love of this dog? We just couldn't! Remember to get those orders in before Feb 21. If for whatever reason the link isn't working, message us, and we can place the order for you! Be loud, be proud, but always stay #PhoenixStrong

تم النشر بواسطة ‏‎Shaw Pit Bull Rescue‎‏ في الجمعة، ١٥ فبراير ٢٠١٩

Update: sadly, we recently learned from the shelter that Phoenix had passed away, as his condition was too far gone. May he rest in peace in doggy heaven.