For years, a couple watched as their next-door neighbors mistreated their dog, a nameless Golden Retriever.
The poor dog was kept outside all day and he was often chained up. If he cried, his owners muzzled his mouth with duct tape, which was very painful and made it hard for him to breath.
“This dog was so badly damaged that it was clear that he had been beaten,” animal rescue organization Animal Advocates Society wrote. “He trusted no one. He barked hysterically, and rushed and snapped. He would have been killed within days.”
When it became clear that no one was going to help this poor dog, the dog’s neighbors took matters into their own hands. One day, they hopped over the fence between their two yards, unchained the dog, and took him home with them.
They named the dog Alfie.
“Alfie was particularly sensitive and damaged after so much abuse, so he was far from an easy dog for a long time. But he got the kind of miracle that saved his life a second time,” Animal Advocates Society wrote.
Alfie’s new owners were very patient with him and worked with him. They made sure he understood that they could trust him, and that he was in a safe place now. Soon, Alfie had become a joyful, carefree pup.
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