Joshua was locked up on a back patio for six years. During that time, he was never allowed in the house, so during the cold winters he nearly froze to death, and in the summer, he thought his skin would burn off in the hot, unrelenting Texas sun.
Just one week ago, a neighbor spotted Joshua from outside the gate of an abandoned home. The gate had been locked, and no one was inside. Everyday the Good Samaritan waited for Animal Control to arrive; she repeatedly called, yet no one ever came. And finally, desperate to help, the woman broke the gate and freed Joshua from his living hell.
Joshua’s heartbreaking story is being told by Rescue Dogs Rock NYC who immediately volunteered to help.
“What did I do to deserve this tortured life? I was always obedient, tried so hard to please my family. I begged for anyone to show me kindness. I begged for food. I begged for water, but there were weeks I starved and I was so weak; I was so thirsty, longing for someone to help me and escape.” Stacey Silverstein, co-founder of the rescue organization wrote on social media.
And so for six long years, Joshua lived in solitary; closed off from the world and locked away from nearly all human interaction.
Rescued on Wednesday and rushed to an emergency veterinarian hospital, the staff hopes Joshua will survive; after all his new name means “life.” Sadly, his injuries present significant problems. Barely more than a skeleton, he weighs only 25-pounds which is at least 30 pounds underweight, his back has been broken, and his body has pressure sores all over it from sleeping on the cold concrete.
Joshua’s medical care is estimated to be very expensive. Donations to help save his life can be made here.
Who has a vocal pup like this?