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For a few days, a German shepherd frantically barked hoping that someone gets to hear her cry for help. She was tied to a tree with neither food nor water. She waited patiently for her owner’s return, but she only got disappointed. Yet, she didn’t lose hope.

“A resident contacted us and said that somewhere behind their building, a dog hollered and screamed the whole night,” said New Jersey’s Irvington Township Animal Control Officer Alex Kelly. “I asked how long the dog has been there and she said, ‘Honestly, it’s been at least 3 days since we’ve noticed.’”

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Kelly immediately went to check and investigate around the complex, but he found no dog. So he scanned the neighboring area where he found a head peeping above the bush from across the river. “I went around and asked but nobody was willing to say who the owner was. They didn’t want to be involved,” said Kelly.

Eventually, Kelly found the restless dog. She sat on a mound of trash unable to move freely because of the thick cable wire that binds her to the tree. All she had were empty food bowls and a plastic dog crate to where she can hide from the heat of the sun.

“The cable wrapped around her hind leg. Any longer, blood circulation would have stopped,” said Kelly. “She would have possibly lost her limb.”

Kelly approached the nervous dog slowly to gain her trust. He also disposed of the bowls and the crate so no other dog could be dumped in that area again. And although the dog was a bit wary at first, Kelly managed to hook a leash on her collar.

Once they arrived at the Newark shelter, she’s completely a different dog, so they started calling her Genesis. Shortly after, Genesis was placed under the care of Associated Humane Popcorn Park Shelter. Staffers believed that she has been used to breed puppies in her previous life. But despite the neglect and mistreatment she needed to endure, Genesis still loves people.

Photo Credits to Alex Kelly and Associated Humane Popcorn Park Shelter

“Within minutes, she’d nudge her head on your hand for you to pet her. If you, she’ll nudge again for more attention.”

Before long, the perfect family came forward and opened their home to Genesis. And in a couple of weeks, Genesis had settled in her new loving home.

Thanks to The Dodo for sharing this story.

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