Someone was in tears. Diana Chapa followed the sound to the back of a house in Houston, Texas, where she stood in front of an old wooden fence. She witnessed something that broke her heart as she peeked through a crack.
A small dog with a bowed back sat on a concrete patio. He didn’t have food or a place to sleep, and the house behind him was deserted.
Chapa immediately phoned animal control and asked for someone to rescue the boxer mix. But sadly, no one ever came.
“After about five or six or seven days … she finally thought, ‘I can’t take this anymore,’ and she busted open the gate and got him,” Stacey Silverstein, cofounder of Rescue Dogs Rock NYC, told The Dodo.
Chapa returned home with the puppy, now named Joshua, and provided him with food, drink, and a warm bed, as well as a lot of love and care.
Silverstein added, “He was so relieved and thrilled to be saved.” “He took a breath – he simply knew he was secure and out of danger,” she explained.
Chapa looked into what had occurred to Joshua as well. He was probably 6 years old, and she discovered through neighbors that he’d been owned by one family for most — if not all — of his life and kept outside on the patio.
“He was a complete outdoors dog,” Silverstein explained. “This dog could never have lived inside for a second.”
Joshua was so thin and emaciated that he needed to see a veterinarian right away, so Chapa drove him to a nearby clinic where she works as a vet tech the next morning.
Joshua appeared just as happy to be at the clinic as he was to be at Chapa’s house, which was unusual because most dogs despise medical appointments.
“He’s ecstatic,” Silverstein said. “He has food, a kennel, and he is warm.” He lavishes his affection on everyone. “I’ve never seen a dog so joyful at the vet,” she remarked.
Joshua is currently having therapy, but once he is stable, he will go to New York City, where he will be cared for by the Rescue Dogs Rock NYC team. He’ll eventually be on the lookout for a permanent residence.
Silverstein remarked, “He’s the loveliest dog.” “He’s incredible with other dogs and incredible with other people.” He’s a really lovely dog.”