It is difficult to wrap your mind around what kind of person intentionally hurt another living being — especially a dog.
Yet it seems to happen so often, like in the case of Oliveiro, a dog that was found close to death by a hiker in Italy.
A few statistics put together by the American Humane Association shed a little light on the subject. These stats draw a direct line between people who abuse animals and those who commit domestic violence.
These facts are disheartening, but despite all the evil in the world, there are still angels among us who turn a devastating situation into an inspiring and touching story.
Lourens van Wyk, a retired pastor in South Africa, was passing some rail tracks on a gloomy day when he spotted a plastic bag that seemed to be moving. At first, he thought there might be an abandoned baby inside the bag, so he ran over to rip it open.
But he never expected to discover this…
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Lourens van Wyk, a 67-year-old retired pastor, was passing some rail tracks in his hometown of Helderberg, South Africa, when he spotted a bag that seemed to be moving. “I saw there was a bag lying on the ground. It looked like it could have been a baby,” Lourens told the Daily Mail.
“I tore the packet open and it was a dog... He looked very sick and his hair was falling out. I just grabbed him and raced in my car to the clinic." The dog was bound tightly with shoelaces around his muzzle and legs, rendering him unable to bark for help. Thankfully the pastor had an observant eye.
After arriving at the Animal Welfare Society, untying the shoelaces had to be done with great care. “On arrival, we struggled to get the knots loose as [his] muzzle and legs had swollen from a loss of circulation,” Julia Evans told The Daily Mail. “The laces had to be slowly unwound. We didn’t want the blood flowing too quickly into the limbs creating still more pain. It took a few minutes.”
The pup also had mange and a head twitch that those at the clinic suspect might have come from a concussion or from being abused. Thankfully, his tic lessened after a few days of care. “Besides the fact that he has mange and is covered in sores, scabs and wounds — he is otherwise healthy. He is still quite young. He has had a warm bath, is eating very well, and is responding so nicely to all the TLC and love we are giving him!” Animal Welfare Society Helderberg wrote on Facebook.
Animal Welfare soon named the puppy “Trax” as a throwback to where he was discovered. They then posted his pictures and story on Facebook. Animal lovers in South Africa applied to adopt him — and after carefully reviewing the applications, Trax has found a forever home with a family in Johannesburg!
“He is recovering very nicely and on these cold days, his favorite place is in his warm bed underneath at least two blankets!”
Trax will join his new family in about a month or until he’s had a little more time to recover.
In the meantime, however, the pup is starting to slowly show some of his personality, stealing the hearts of the many Animal Welfare volunteers.
“He is such a special little chap with a very loving heart, and we are so glad we have had the privilege of getting to know him!”
And to think this little dog’s happiness is all due to one very, special everyday hero, Lourens van Wyk (pictured below with Trax).
We here at LittleThings are always so grateful to those who go above and beyond for the care of animals.
We salute you, Pastor van Wyk — and we’re so glad that little Trax is happy and healthy!
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