Obese senior dog thrown down Michigan Highway is now happy, healthy and in a loving home
Belky is back and better than ever.
Earlier this year, the 15-year-old Australian Shepherd found himself on Michigan’s side of Interstate 696, abandoned by his former guardian, according to the BISSELL Pet Foundation.
A Good Samaritan spotted the stray dog alone by the side of the highway and called the Saginaw Police Department, who reported the incident to Saginaw County Animal Care & Control (SCACC). Upon learning of Belky’s situation, the SCACC immediately dispatched rescuers to retrieve the dog.
Unfortunately, rescuers found Belky in poor condition. Not only was the elderly dog dumped, but she was also left overweight and with maggot infestations on her body. Rescuers returned Belky to the SCACC, where she was treated for her health issues and diet to help her lose weight safely. The Humane Society of Midland County in Midland, Michigan ultimately took Belky into its hands.
“We saw Belky on the Saginaw County Animal Care Facebook page prior to the visit and promised to take her and give her a second chance if she had a good quality of life,” said Casey Nicholson, communications coordinator. at the Humane Society of Midland County. PEOPLE. “We met a dog with a bright light in his eyes who so wanted to be loved and given a second chance.”
After receiving some care and losing a few pounds, Belky was ready for this new start. In August, the BISSELL Pet Foundation hosted an “Empty Shelters” emergency adoption event, which focused on finding homes for older pets and other more difficult-to-adopt animals. Belky was one of 1,805 pets adopted at the event, finding a home with Breanna Dalton.
Dalton first spotted Belky on the Humane Society of Midland County Facebook page and knew she was the pooch for her. This bond was only strengthened after the animal lover met the puppy in person.
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“I know it’s harder for older dogs to be adopted because everyone wants puppies that will be with them for a long time, and I felt her need for medication would make it even more difficult for her. to find a home, ”said Dalton. . “I felt so lucky the next day when I had time to go to the shelter, and she was still there.”
Belky quickly settled into family life with Dalton and now spends her days cuddling her toys, taking daily walks and napping on her orthopedic bed.
“When I get home she is so excited to see me that her whole body is squirming with excitement,” Dalton added.