Rescue fought to save horribly neglected, dying dog – but he was too far gone

When volunteers saw a horribly neglected, dying dog being carried into Chicago Animal Care and Control by his owner, they rushed to see if they could help. The dog was lifeless in a basket – eyes rolling back in his head and a huge, rusty logging chain locked around his neck.

The rescue recounts what happened

On Monday night, Fetching Tails Foundation recounted the moment that its volunteers approached the woman carrying the basket:

We weren’t sure what was in it so we stopped her to ask. We then saw a dog who was in horrible shape. His eyes were rolling to the back of his head, he was skin and bones and soaking wet. You can never prepare yourself enough when you’re at the shelter or running a CRISP shift, but this was one of the most extreme cruelty cases we have ever seen.

A rushed trip to the veterinarian

The dog, named Hannibal (changed by volunteers to Chance) was rushed to a veterinarian. The rescue group wrote:

We took one look at him and knew we had to act fast and get him to the ER vet. But first we had to get bolt cutters to remove that chain because there was no way under our watch he was going out with that around his neck. Our volunteers Jaci & Nichole got in their car and drove him to Premier Veterinary Group of Chicago and talked to him and sat beside him comforting him.

The damage was done

The veterinarian tried everything to save Chance, but the long-term neglect had taken its deadly toll. The non-profit explained:

The vet tried everything but he had multiple seizures and his blood sugar, sodium and blood pressure were all out of whack. His skin had a yellow-tinged coat with dried urine all over it, he had abrasions on his paws and limbs, and as the vet noted he was emaciated with severe muscle wasting.

We can’t even imagine the 2 years this dog spent suffering but we know his last hours were spent as a Fetching Tails Foundation dog, which means we did everything possible to give him that fighting chance, but he was heartbreakingly too far gone.

See something, say something

This dog was not living on the end of his chain – he was existing. He was suffering. He was forgotten. If you see an animal being abused or neglected, please reach out for help. As for this dog’s owner, she is going to be facing animal cruelty charges.

Rest in peace Chance. You deserved so much more than you ever received.

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Yesterday in the news: Officials unsure if cougar who was shot is the same one that killed hiker – more here.

Outrageous! Dog rescued after being left chained to tree in rising tide water  – more here.

Dog deliriously happy after being freed from chain

Dog so grateful after being freed from a chain

23 replies
  1. Adrienne says:

    Chance I pray that you are free of all the pain you’ve had to endure and are now healthy running with all the other healthy,happy animals at the Rainbow Bridge. Fetching Tails Foundation did the best they could but your little body just gave out. I hope you felt the warmth that they were giving you during your final hours. RIP.

  2. Bunny Peters says:

    As sad as it is that this Precious Furbaby Chance died, at least he knew loving care during his final hours instead of dying alone, afraid, in pain and unloved…..

    RIP Precious Furbaby Chance. You did NOT deserve to be tortured and abused….. Precious Furbaby Chance, your life mattered and you deserve justice!!! RIP precious treasure……. Your life was stolen from you…..Please look for MacKitty in Heaven and you can RIP amongst loving snuggle buddies. Very sad you were failed so terribly by the humans who should have loved and treasured you……..

    OMG: WTF is wrong with people???

    The POS who tortured and abused this precious furbaby has a reserved space in Hell where she will burn forever for her cruelty….. let’s all hope that she gets there ASAP (after dying unloved, alone, afraid and in horrible pain)…….

  3. Denise Moore says:

    RIP Chance, so sorry you had an irresponsible owner and they allowed you to suffer so much. Thank you Fetching Tails Foundation for helping relieve his suffering. I pray the owner is charged with animal abuse and neglect which resulted u=in death

  4. Gens says:

    This person, if you want to call her that is a heartless PIG.Please release her name for ALL her neighbors to see.The size of that chain is enough to tow a car. She KILLED the dog. Lock her up with no bathroom , so she can live in her own urine.

  5. Barbara Garabedian says:

    Poor dogie how can these evil creeps assholes do this god bless his sole I wish u could have been saved why did this happen Matt he rest on Peace I pray for the assholes who did this will be punished & die bg

  6. Dalma Bugg says:

    This poor dog’s owner has no shame, not even a conscience to be able to present him to s shelter in such a condition. She deserves the harshest penalties possible under current legislation. She should’ve been too ashamed to show her face! Honestly, I can no longer fathom what goes on in people’s heads these days with the volume of tragic circumstances that precious animals are presenting with.

  7. pennysdachshunds says:

    I CAN JUST IMAGINE the INDIVIDUAL/INDIVIDUAL’s Living Conditions and Background that this Pathetic Dog that NO WAY IN HELL Deserved to be tortured his Entire life on Earth Like THIS ::::: of COURSE NOTHING WILL BE DONE and ANOTHER POOR & UNFORTUNATE DOG WILL take HIS PLACE!! Our Fore Father’s came to the America’s and Started a Free World::: What the HELL Happened and Where are We NOW! The continued torture and abuse of Helpless Animal’s has Tarnished our Country… and it Continues to escalate AT SUCH A RAPID PACE there is NO WAY to CONTAIN IT!!

  8. Barkley's Mom says:

    That poor baby, and what is being done about the POS that was turning him in in this condition? I see nothing about charges so this monster will be allowed to get another dog and do this to it. Rest in peace Chance, you were at least surrounded by good loving people in the end, I wish they could have saved you.

  9. Red says:

    Please tell me the owners were cited, arrested or something…. this dog was too small to support that huge chain around his neck!!! KARMA…..FIND THESE VILE EXCUSES for humans and make them hurt!!!


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