Bicyclists rescue emaciated dog left to die tethered to tree

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Bicyclists rescued an emaciated dog in Portugal tied to a tree and tangled in a tether unable to move and abandoned in the forest. The Spanish rescue organization, Associacion Animalista Libera posted the video of the starving dog to its Facebook page over the weekend; the emotionally packed rescue of the dog has gone viral with over 1.3 million views.

The nearly four-minute video shows the dog tied very close to the tree and barely able to move. Fortunately for the dog, the bicyclists had been in the area and found him.  The dog looks so very skinny; as if he had been abandoned there and slowly and painfully had been left to starve to death. The bicyclists gave the dog bits of food to distract him while one of the rescuers was finally able to cut away the dog’s tether so he could move. The dog was so scared as the men approached, he growled in pure panic. Once freed, he began to relax.

“It takes a very bad person to leave a defenseless animal like that… with a rope that would not allow it to lie down. The dog was “very lucky that a group of cyclists found him and decided to rescue him. A thousand thanks,” the translated message had been stated on their social media page.

Animal rescue organizations in Portugal have been reporting on the case of this starving and abandoned dog – calling out the men who stopped and helped as heroes. It is not known what happened to the dog, but everyone hopes she has been rescued and has been adopted.

Tragically, situations like this involving animal cruelty occurs more than most of us can imagine. Be the voice for those who cannot speak. Help find the terrible person who left this dog out in the forest to die a slow and painful death.

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4 replies
  1. Adrienne says:

    Hope they are able to locate the vile monster who did this. Thanks to the resolve of the cyclist, this dog is one of the lucky ones and will hopefully be placed in a forever home once he is well enough. There are people out there who will do selfless things like this to help animals.

  2. Pamela D says:

    I wish the cyclist would have taken this dog to the vets at least they found him. Like I always say too bad this hunk of dirt bag who did this their mother should have tied them to the tree when they were just born and let them die. Sorry ass POS

  3. Sorina says:

    A post on the original video FB page said that the Portuguese rescue took care of the dog, who is now with the firefighters unit in the village of Valonte, and had offers of adoption.


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