Judy Obregon, founder of a dog rescue group called The Abandoned Ones, got a call about a stray poodle mix she had been trying to save. But once she saw the photo of the dog lying there, she knew it was too late. He was already gone, writes ilovemydogsomuch
Obregon received a call earlier about local children tormenting the dog.
The kids were throwing food in the street, so the dog would run down the street,” Obregon told The Dodo. “Then neighbors saw children tying a water hose around his neck.”
Obregon diligently returned to the neighborhood three times, trying to catch the dog but to no avail. Then the woman who contacted her about the dog in the first place sent her this heartbreaking photo, it broke her heart. If only she could have caught it sooner.
«I felt like I wasn’t there in time to get to that dog before he got into that situation.»
Still, the dog didn’t deserve to lie there like that, so Obregon immediately went to him. When she got there, the most incredible and unexpected thing happened.
«When I came to him he was still in the same place, but his head was held high,» Obregon said. «I was probably the happiest person in the world.»
Obregon picked up the dog and named it Gully. She was certain that if she hadn’t gotten there when she did, he really wouldn’t have made it.
Gully suffered from malnutrition and dehydration. He was so weak he couldn’t walk. He was also, understandably, traumatized.
But once Gully got into Obregon’s car, Gully finally relaxed. He understood that he was rescued.
«He started giving me kisses,» Obregon said.
After a few days at the vet, Gully made a full recovery. Obregon’s friend Crystal took him in as a foster family while they searched for a forever home for the deserving pup.
What amazed everyone who met Gully was that he quickly put those days on the streets behind him and immediately began to trust humans.
Then Obregon got the good news: Gully found his forever home!
He now has a perfect life and will never have to worry about being hungry or cold again. No one will ever mistreat him. The “dead” dog was alive and well – and he was fine!
Obregon is forever grateful to the woman who called him and sent him this heartbreaking photo of Gully.
«That’s why I do what I do,» Obregon said. “And I must say that without this neighbour, whom I will never know, Gully would not be alive. It was pretty much the one that saved his life.