Stories involving abandoned puppies can often be heart-wrenching. However, this one has a happy ending. A man managed to save four puppies in awful shape and took them to an animal shelter. A good samaritan found the four scared dogs in Sylacauga, Alabama. The puppies did not trust the man initially. They were hairless, starving, and generally in bad condition. They eventually ended up going with him, which proves that his patience paid off. Someone mistreated the puppies and left them abandoned in an unfortunate state. That’s why this model citizen should get even more credit for how he dealt with them.
The terrified puppies weighed only five pounds when the man found them in Alabama. They also had scratches and wounds all over their body and no fur. To say they were in an awful condition would be an understatement. The poor creatures were also malnourished and frozen. No one knows for how long they got exposed to the elements. However, the good samaritan brought them to the local shelter all the same. The employees at the animal shelter were shocked at their condition. The state of the puppies was so poor that no one could even guess their breed. There was much debate, and people assumed that the dogs were a cross between a poodle and another breed. However, a DNA test from one of the foster families revealed that the dogs were Great Pyrenees. These are dogs that grow to be very large and are the opposite of poodles in many ways.
The caregivers at Auburn Veterinary College did a great job in healing the puppies. Apart from being malnourished and cold, the dogs had scabies. Scabies is a type of skin infestation caused by a mite known as Sarcoptes scabiei. The dogs smelled so bad when the rescuers brought them to the shelter that the crew needed masks when treating them. The team members at the hospital treated the skin infestation with medicated baths. That, along with food and water, made the dogs begin to wag their tails again. However, even after the medication and food, the dogs were still weak for a while. They were very young when unknown previous owners abandoned them, so being in the wilderness at that age took its toll on them.
Most of the puppies that were found by the man on that fateful day in Alabama now have loving homes. It’s safe to say that the dogs are much happier now than when he brought them to the hospital. Great Pyrenees grow to be very tall. That’s why these puppies had grown to double digits by the time they found new homes. They’re a “giant” group of dogs. The man in the picture above is Eric Hartman, and he’s posing with his dog, Elsa. The family looks much happier with Elsa in their lives. One of the adopted pups was named ‘Bear’ by his new family and now has his own Instagram account.