One day the folks at the Rudozem Street Dog Rescue got a call about a dog that had been tied up and abandoned.
His name was Duke.
The locals said that the family that left him there had told them to leave him to die.
They approached him carefully. He was covered in flies, batting them off with his paws constantly.
His legs were horribly distorted and he had a bad cough…but he turned out to be wonderfully friendly.
He was taken back to the shelter which was full, but no one had the heart to turn him away.
He was meek, watchful but loved the love he was given.
When he was taken to the vet they initially thought his deformed legs were a result of malnutrition…
It turns out that Duke’s legs had been purposely broken with brute force…
They also discovered he was a mere pup of not more than 10 months old…
…and that his cough was not infection but due to the heavy chain tied around his throat.
They decided to fit the little fella with splints to try and straighten his legs.
They started by setting his bones.
He had a cast put on.
The plan was to get the legs as straight as possible before the next stage – a series of operations.
Through it all Duke (who was named Duke at the shelter) was as good as gold.
It didn’t take the resilient boy too long to get used to his cast.
Duke would have to endure repeat vet visits for some time.
But he took it all in his stride.
How’s that for progress!
But surgery would still be needed to complete the process.
His legs were re-wrapped to continue the healing.
He got very used to having his picture taken!
And he made lots of supportive new friends at the shelter.
Y’all still here? Pfffft!… Sometimes fame can be a drag maaaan!
After the physical and mental rehabilitation there was good news of a potential new home!
After careful vetting it was confirmed…
Very soon Duke would be off to the UK!
The rescue home bid a bittersweet farewell to Duke.
After swapping Bulgaria for the UK Duke settled into a loving home and has lived there ever since snoozing like a king!
That was the story of Duke.
The Rudozem Street Dog Rescue is run by a British family in Bulgaria.
They noticed the plight of dogs and cats and felt they had to do something.
Via ignorance and sheer cruelty, dogs and cats are often spat at, kicked, have stones
hurled at them and endure various other acts of violence.
If you would like to donate to the great work they do.
Read more about them HERE.