After This Dog Was Chained Up And Left To Die, Rescuers Found That She’d Dug A Very Special Hole

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Bella is a dog that had been dealt the most heartbreaking hand in life. She was found chained up in a yard with no one to look out for her. However, when rescuers finally found her, they discovered she’d done something extraordinarily special.

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The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals of Texas (S.P.C.A.) is an animal protection organization based in Dallas. As part of its work, the S.P.C.A of Texas provides an array of services to help improve the lives of our fellow creatures.

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One such way that the agency assists animals is through rescues. And in 2017 the S.P.C.A. of Texas attended to one of its most harrowing cases to date. For it was then that the society accompanied the Rusk County Sheriff’s Office to a property in Henderson, TX.

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The ranch in question was believed to be home to some neglected and abused animals. And when rescue teams arrived, their greatest concerns were indeed confirmed. That’s because the creatures found on site were living in appalling conditions.

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The dozens of animals on the ranch had limited access to shelter, food or water. Many of them had fleas and all of them were living among their own waste. However, the horrors that rescuers uncovered did not end there.

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Sadly, though, it appeared that rescue efforts had come too late for some poor doggies. The team found the remains of a number of canines on the ranch. So, they decided there and then that no other dog would die in that hell hole.

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In total, cops and S.P.C.A. of Texas officers seized 46 animals from the property. This number consisted of 28 dogs, nine kittens, six puppies, one turtle and two cats. And for many of them, the only life they’d ever known was at the end of a chain.

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In 2017 S.P.C.A. of Texas digital communications specialist, Kristen Kerr, explained to The Dodo website that, “The S.P.C.A. of Texas’ Animal Cruelty Investigations Unit had to use bolt cutters to free some of the dogs.” She added, “The chains had rubbed some of the dogs’ necks raw.”

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Given more detail on the dogs’ conditions, Kerr later revealed, “They were suffering from various health issues, including hair loss, long nails, eye discharge and flea infestation. Most of the dogs tested positive for heartworms, which the S.P.C.A. of Texas provided treatment for.”

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But while all the animals were in a sorry state, one dog’s situation seemingly left more of a mark on rescuers than others. The pooch’s name was Bella and she was the mom of six young puppies. However, despite her extra responsibilities, the dog had received no special treatment.

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Kerr explained, “The only protection she had from the elements was the little shade the tree was providing. She had access to food. But water was not easily accessible and what little was there was dirty.” But despite her limited means, Bella was looking after her babies as best she could.

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Revealing the extent Bella had gone to in order to keep her puppies safe, the communications specialist said, “Bella had dug a hole for her puppies, right beside where she was found chained, so that they could be cool and protected. The puppies were only a day or two old when we rescued them.”

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Indeed, considering how fragile the puppies were, Bella’s dedication probably saved their lives. “It’s likely that her strong maternal instincts and dedication to caring for her puppies, despite the tough situation she was in, is what kept them alive,” communications expert at the S.P.C.A. of Texas, Madeline Yeaman revealed.

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Luckily though, Bella and her babies were now in the safe hands of the S.P.C.A. of Texas. And along with the rest of the animals rescued from the ranch, they received the expert care that they required. Then they went to loving foster families.

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In order to make them feel more comfortable, Bella and her puppies went to the same foster home. There, all seven of them would get a chance to recuperate. Meanwhile, they could also get comfortable with being part of a bigger family for the first time in their lives.

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However, getting the dogs to open up to people wouldn’t be easy. “Their emotional state was fragile,” Kerr explained. “A lot of these dogs were reserved and unsure of human touch. The S.P.C.A. of Texas staff and volunteers worked tirelessly to help these animals learn to trust and to accept a nice, loving touch.”

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But with the right family around them, Bella and her pups soon learned how to trust. “The most emotional part of this case was watching these initially shut-down and reserved animals find confidence, happiness and optimism through the compassion and love that the S.P.C.A. of Texas’ team provides,” the communications specialist said.

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So, after several months of foster care, Bella and her babies were finally ready to graduate to their forever homes. And before long, all six puppies and their mom found themselves with loving families. So, they each received their happily ever after.

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Later, Kerr revealed, “Because of our foster program, Bella and her puppies were able to get a second chance. They all found loving and forever homes. The puppies were adopted at an offsite event, and Bella was adopted through our Foster Ambassador Program.”

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However, given Bella’ dedication to her pups, it must have been hard for her to leave them. So, with that in mind, the S.P.C.A. of Texas went the extra mile to ensure her happiness. “Bella’s wonderful foster mom helped pick the perfect home for her — a home where she could thrive and finally find peace,” Kerr said.

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