Violet is the sweetest dog who had the worst life! She was chained up for years, abused and left all alone! Now, she is rescued and has another chance to enjoy life! Read her story!
Violet was chained up for such a long time and you can see that by looking at her neck. The fur around it was stained black from where the metal chain rubbed against it. It was not a lightweight chain either, it was actually made of heavy, thick-linked metal and was tethered to this dog’s neck with a large padlock too.
A woman was driving by and spotted a dog, who would later be named Violet, as well as 5 other chained dogs on the same property, according to Angela Stell, the founder and director of NMDOG. This is an organization that rescues chained dogs all around the country. Violet was about 2 years old when the rescuers saved her in December 2016. Most probably she was chained up her entire life.
This property was actually in Miguel County, New Mexico. There it is illegal to keep dogs chained without owners being present. The woman got in touch with the Animal Welfare Coalition of Northeastern New Mexico, and the county sheriff department then took the dogs into custody.
“They were able to get somebody to go out onto that property and explain the ordinances and what was wrong with the entire situation,” Angela says. “When they did that, they found out that the owner of the dogs was in jail on some unrelated charges. He was not on the property or able to provide daily care that these dogs need”.
Rescuers with the NMDOG started caring for all of the dogs, including Violet. The first thing they did was take the dogs to the vet, where they are currently staying in medical boarding!
Violet’s skin was badly sunburned, and she had a really bad case of flystrike. That is a condition in which maggots eat away at an animal’s flesh. Despite everything she went through, Violet is relatively healthy.
“She was very, very afraid, and is still a little timid time to time,” Stell says. “If you raise your hand to do something like that, or move your hand too fast, she kind of ducks and cowers, like you are going to hit her. I can not imagine what somebody did to make her be so scared of everything But she is coming around with nice words and also good, positive interactions”. And every day now, Violet is slowly learning to trust people, and she is becoming more comfortable in her new environment.
“She is very sweet, and she is opening up to us and the staff at the clinic,” Stell says. “She really likes her stuffed animals, and she also likes to curl up in her blanket. Violet also likes to go for walks a lot. She is just learning about the world around her, and not being chained up anymore”. Stell believes Violet never got to have a real puppyhood. But now, she finally can have one. She even got her very first toy, a squeaky stuffed raccoon.
Violet still has a lot more healing to do. After a few weeks, Violet will able to go into a loving home. If you think you have the perfect home or know someone who has a loving home for Violet, contact the NMDOG team.