Pit Bull Was So Firmly Tied To A Tree That He Couldn’t Move

How can someone be so cruel?
Kerry Haney is an active volunteer with Don’t Bully Us Rescue and a rescuer in general and all everyone in her community knows this. That’s why, she started getting numbers of calls, messages and Facebook notifications one night in late September, as she was relaxing at her house in New Jersey. A dog was in an awful situation and it needed urgent help.

“I received six phone calls, a dozen or so text messages and hundreds of [Facebook] tags about a dog, padlocked to a tree in Swedesboro, starving to death,” Haney said. “His head was padlocked in a position that he could not move his head an inch. There was no food, no water and he was sitting in his own faeces and urine. In my pajamas, I went out to the address that was sent to me to see if this dog was in fact out there and if there was any chance I could speak with the family to see if I could help.”
Pit Bull Was So Firmly Tied To A Tree That He Couldn’t Move
So, Haney set off to check on the dog in the middle of the night but she couldn’t find him. So she called the Woolwich Township Police Department to report about the dog. It turns out, they already knew about him and assured her that they were doing everything in their power to make sure of the dog’s safety.
Pit Bull Was So Firmly Tied To A Tree That He Couldn’t Move

“It was a bit painful only because we had to kind of sit in the dark for a few days while the police carefully did what they needed to do to pull the dog from the owner,” Haney said.

Max the pit bull was finally escorted to Gloucester County Animal Shelter later that week. The dog was looked after there until a court hearing on the 6th of October, in which the dog’s owner was found guilty and fined. Max was then surrendered to the shelter.
Pit Bull Was So Firmly Tied To A Tree That He Couldn’t Move

Don’t Bully Us Rescue wanted to take Max in immediately but Gloucester County Animal Shelter didn’t seem to want to give him away. But later, Max couldn’t pass a few of shelter’s basic behavioural tests and was discovered to be heartworm positive. So, they reached out to the rescue to ask if they could give him more personalised care and they agreed in a heartbeat.

Because Haney had played a massive part in rescuing Max initially, she was given the responsibility to foster him too and she couldn’t be more excited about it. She picked him up last weekend and realized that what the shelter called his aggressive behaviour was actually his unawareness about how to be a dog. In fact, he is lovely.

“Max is a puppy in a big boy’s body,” Haney said. “He clearly never got to play as a puppy, so he has all the [same] puppy energy and playfulness as a 16-week-old pup! He has no manners yet, but we are working on it.”

Max had apparently not learned even the basic skills. So now, Haney and her family are making sure to teach him everything great about life with utmost love and care.

Max is also doing very well with the two other dogs at his foster house and he loves the kids as well. Haney suspects that it is because his previous home had kids and he misses them very much.
Pit Bull Was So Firmly Tied To A Tree That He Couldn’t Move

“He’s a goofy big pup,” Haney said. “He loves to play … more than any dog I’ve ever seen. And if you are sitting on the floor or couch, don’t think you’ll have any personal space. He will be on you in the drop of a dime. He hangs with me in my office every day. He just chews on his bone while I work and he never barks at the mailman or kids passing by. He is an absolute pleasure to have!”
Pit Bull Was So Firmly Tied To A Tree That He Couldn’t Move

Max would be perfect for a family willing to go for lots of walks and runs and playtimes. He has been through a lot of neglect and hatred all his life. Now, he deserves the life filled with love and affection, and of course, lots of cuddles.
Pit Bull Was So Firmly Tied To A Tree That He Couldn’t Move

“He just really loves to be with people,” Haney said. “It’s sad to think he was tied to a tree with no one, all day, every day. That was his yesterday … but his future is full of people and love. That is a promise!”

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