Here at LittleThings, we believe that all animals should live a long and happy life. Under no circumstances should any animal have to endure abuse, but some people simply were not cut from the same cloth.
Every day, people discard their animals. It’s a sad fact. But what’s even more disturbing is that, according to the American Humane Association, out of the 7.6 million dogs and cats that enter animal shelters nationwide every year, a very small percentage are actually brought in by their former owners. Most of these animals are found on the streets — or, sometimes, in even more heartbreaking situations.
Earlier this year, Bret Winingar and his son Zach were out for a motorcycle ride in Little Rock, AR’s rural countryside when they spotted what appeared to be a box tossed into a desolate field
The two men got off their bikes and walked closer to the item to investigate. As they got closer to the box, they realized there were bite marks along the top.
The men spotted an animal carrier off to the side of the road and it looked like it had been there for quite some time.
When they got closer, they noticed the top of the carrier had been chewed. Something inside was desperately trying to get out.
They quickly unlocked the carrier and were shocked to find that an emaciated dog was caged inside. The inside of the crate was covered in waste. Once they finally lured her out, she was hunched over from being stuck inside a small space for so long.
The men brought the emaciated dog some food, and she quickly devoured it.
The men briefly left her and came back with a truck to tote her away from this sad scene.
As soon as she got inside the car, she showed her gratitude. The father-son duo named her Charlie Bravo, or CB for short.
When they got her home, they gave her a bath. That’s when they noticed….
CB’s next stop was a visit to the vet. She had nails that were so long they had grown backwards into her paws. The growth was making it difficult for CB to walk.
Vets dressed the sores that had developed from being confined for so long. They estimated that CB was about eight months old when she was found. But no one knows exactly how long she was trapped in her crate.
Bret thinks that it was a considerable amount of time considering that CB’s paws, which are actually white, were stained dark from all the filth she had been lying in.
Bret wasn’t initially planning on keeping CB, but after nursing her back to health, he couldn’t part with her.
CB is now safe in a loving home.
It’s obvious her new family adores her.
When CB’s story hit the internet via a Facebook page, the family received donations that helped pay for her medical bills.
The donations exceeded the costs of CB’s vet bills, so the Winingars plan on donating the leftover funds to local animal shelters.
The family currently homes four rescue dogs, and they are also thinking about setting up their own foundation for animals.
They’re thinking of calling it “Charlie’s Angels.”
Please SHARE this inspiring story with everyone you know and encourage more people to adopt rescue pets!