An adorable golden retriever puppy, who barely survived unimaginable abuse at the hands of a cruel man wielding a metal rod as a weapon, has a new home. According to a press release from the Arizona Humane Society (AHS), the four-month-old puppy, named “Raine,” is going to live with the woman who saved him from almost certain death.
The good Samaritan who sought out the source of pained cries in January found Raine suffering from horrible injuries. The accused abuser, 21-year-old Shundong Hu, was subsequently arrested by Tempe police and jailed on felony animal cruelty charges.
Raine has recuperated from his injuries and though many people expressed interest in adopting him, the shelter decided that allowing him to live with the woman who saved him was the best option. AHS explained:
One brave woman spent weeks searching for the source of the heartbreaking howls and cries, and she helped lead the police to the criminal responsible for Raine’s injuries. She also led police to two other pets, cats who were in need of extreme medical care. She’s a hero. She saved his life. And she wanted to be his mom. We’re not going to hold a drawing for Raine. The woman who saved his life is going to continue to give him a great one.
Raine’s adopter has a message for everyone:
“I will always remember the night that I finally found where the source of the puppy’s cries were coming from. I had been searching for weeks and ironically enough, I wasn’t even supposed to be in the state. In a series of unrelated events, I ended up being in town. I can honestly say now that I don’t think Raine would have lived through that night. One very important thing that I just want to say is that when it comes to animal abuse and cruelty, these animals cannot speak for themselves. They rely on us to be their voice in times of need. It’s okay to be sad, scared, and angry when witnessing animal cruelty. But the one thing that is not okay is to turn your back on those who need us most. So I just want to ask the public, if you witness or hear something, don’t ignore it. Take action. Write down any details or use the camera on your phone to record and take pictures. And then from there, call local law enforcement or the Arizona Humane Society for help. There are organizations and agencies that take animal cruelty very seriously and will support you through this process. Thank you.”
Original story about this situation here.
(Photos via AHS and booking photo Tempe PD)