Reese was spotted lying on a sidewalk. No one had any idea how this unfortunate baby was still alive. Her body was so severely neglected that you could clearly see every bone in her delicate body. How could anyone’s heart can resist this? How could anyone do this to her?
Animal Control was called in and they rushed out to a local rescue, called Jersey Pits, hoping they could save her life. They sent over a photo of the dog lying in the back seat of their car. Everyone who saw the photo was touched deeply. This was one of the worst case of abuse and neglect they had ever seen.
Even when she was too weak to lift her head up, she was so grateful for her new human friends who came to save her. To say she was a loving dog was an understatement. No dog deserves to suffer but to see a dog like Reese who obviously has so much love to give be deliberately starved is beyond terrifying.
The medical team took the necessary steps in order to get Reese better. She needed a lot of care. A week into her hospital stay, she was able to stand on her own for a very short time. It was a small feat, sure, but it was something!
A few weeks later, Reese was improving. She was wagging her tail and even “sitting” on command. After a month-long medical treatments, she was discharged to go to her medical foster home.
Ryn, Reese’s foster mom, said that she was very shy in the car ride but as soon as she came inside her foster home and saw that she was safe, she “came alive.” She picked up toys and happily ran around with them. For the first time, Reese was inside a house where she was wanted and cherished.
And then, in a blink of an eye, Reese transformed into a ‘real dog.’ She would jump on the couch and ask for pets and playtime. Once she was healthy enough to go on walks, she truly bloomed. She realized there was a whole outside world waiting for her to discover.
Ryn explains in the video that every morning they would wake up and she would have to loosen Reese’s collar. It was such a fascinating accomplishment because that meant Reese was gaining weight and getting healthier!
Reese continues to get better and gain weight. She’s still living with Ryn as she heals. Soon she will be available for adoption and everyone who meets her is confident she will make a wonderful addition to any family.
We are so happy that Reese was found in time and brought back to life. Thank you to all the animal heroes who didn’t give up! Please take the time to see Reese’s complete story beneath the article. She is so inspiring!