From Despair to Hope: A Dog Chained for Years, Denied the Comfort of Rest, Experiences a Heartwarming Transformation – The Journey Captured in Before and After Pictures

Many people out there treat their dogs like their children, but then there are others, who subjugate these sweet creatures to extremely inhumane conditions. Cala, the guard-dog of a mechanic in San Jose, Costa Rica, was one of those unfortunate pups

Concerned neighbors saw the conditions her owner had kept her in for years and reported them to the police as well as the animal shelterTerritorio de Zaguates. When she was finally rescued, Cala had to be treated for emaciation, wounds, and malnutrition.

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When she was rescued Cala was so malnourished she couldn’t even stand and was covered with wounds and gashes from being chained up

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Her health was so poor that if Cala hadn’t been found when she was she would have died

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Nursing her back to health was a lengthy and painful process for the pup

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In addition to the pain, she was very mistrusting of other dogs and humans

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But the rescue team was not going to give up on her

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This is Cala a couple days after treatment, already looking better

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However, even after her rescue Cala learn again how cruel people can be

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In June, some people snuck into the sanctuary in an attempt to poison the dogs with tainted sausages

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Tragically 16 dogs were killed, but Cala managed to survive only suffering from some brief neurological problems

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Lya Battle, the founder of Territorio de Zaguates, told the Dodo that she survived due too her size and because she was “Just too tough a cookie!”

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Today Cala is living her best life in a new home. “She is happy, strong, willful, a bit stubborn, and spoiled by her foster mom and family,” reported Battle

Image credits: Territorio de Zaguates

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