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Horribly Abused Halo Didn’t Look Like She Would Survive — You Simply Won’t Believe Her Transformation

But then a miracle happened. During a torrential downpour, the ill dog sought refuge on the porch of a house. There, the police officers were finally able to catch the poor animal.

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  1. charlene harris

    October 11, 2016 at 6:44 am

    I would love to be a forever home to Halo, but cannot see my way financially to keeping the dogs together. Ever dog I had was a rescue. The oldest being 17 when she passed. Thanks to docs who love animals maybe Halo will find a human mom too.

    • Willow Rein

      October 13, 2016 at 2:14 pm

      Yes, our hope is that they both can find a forever home together to not be separated again! Help us spread the word about these sweet dogs:) Thanks Charlene!

    • Leisa Drew

      October 19, 2016 at 3:42 pm

      I have two rescue dogs and I love them to pieces. It breaks my heart to see the cruel treatment of animals. I pray they find good forever homes.

    • Josh Oliver

      October 30, 2016 at 8:39 am

      I am more than willing to adopt both. I have 160 acres they could frolic and play on.

      • Jaimie

        November 3, 2016 at 7:08 pm

        That sounds really great, Josh! Depending on where you live, you might just be able to. Here’s the link for the adoption application. http://www.trioanimalfoundation.org/programs/adoption

      • Kimber

        November 9, 2016 at 8:58 pm

        GOD BLESS YOU JOSH !!! WE need more kind, generous, compassionate animal lovers like you. I would adopt but am disabled n have a disabled dog I’m trying to afford our needs. If you have the LOVE, time,$ n room, I hope you are approved 4 the adoptions.

    • DAVID LANEY

      November 24, 2016 at 2:38 am

      I AM A GENTLE PERSON, A CHRISTIAN, I LOVE ALL PEOPLE AND I LOVE ANIMALS BUT, WHEN I SEE WHAT SOME PEOPLE DO TO THESE LITTLE HELPLESS CREATURES ,THAT THING IN SIDE ME COMES TO THE SURFACE, THAT PERSON THAT I HATE,HAS THINGS GOING THROUGH HIS MIND THAT IS NOT CHRISTLIKE AT ALL.ANYBODY THAT WOULD DO THIS TO ANY THING OR ANY ONE….WELL, YOU KNOW WHAT HE OR SHE NEEDS. I AM A RETIRED LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICER (17 YEARS) AND I THANK G O D THE OFFICERS SAW THAT LITTLE THING AND HELPED HIM. I SALUTE
      ALL OF YOU !!!!!!!! MAY GOD BLESS ALL OF YOU. THANK YOU!!!!!!!

  2. Albertina

    October 12, 2016 at 11:34 pm

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  3. ayn

    October 14, 2016 at 11:52 am

    Great work you do taking care of these animals that have been thru so much. Longo and Biscuit’s story also was very moving. I too rescued a 3-1/2 wk old kitten last year that had been abandoned by his mother (reason unknown). Hand fed him by bottle and 1 year later he is almost 14 lbs and super healthy. Longo’s impulse to rescue that tiny creature even without knowing what it was is really inspiring! Without it, Biscuit would have most likely died. Now he has a loving home and a real family.

    • Staff

      October 18, 2016 at 2:59 pm

      The real heroes are those at the Trio Animal Foundation that put in all the extra hours for these poor pups. Go follow them on Facebook and check out their website! They do truly amazing work.

      • Adam

        October 25, 2016 at 1:18 pm

        The real heroes are also the caring police who find these abused dogs and have the compassion and love to bring these poor animals to a place that can take care of them and show them love again. Thanks again to those wonderful and caring police officers.

        • Jaimie

          October 25, 2016 at 8:06 pm

          SO true, Adam! Without them, these poor animals wouldn’t stand a chance.

  4. Kathleen McCraw

    October 14, 2016 at 3:22 pm

    I hope both of these lovely dogs can find a forever and loving home together and I sincerely hope karma catches the person or persons who allowed this to happen.

  5. C.Hall

    October 15, 2016 at 7:09 pm

    If I had the money I would pay the full vet bill for both dogs!
    I live in an apt that doesn’t allow dogs.

    One thing that makes me furious, is the tap on the wrist that the subhuman sociopaths that do this to animals, get from our laws! Anyone that can do this to an animal, you can be sure is also abusive to people, and should be locked up for life, to protect society from them!

    • Adam

      October 25, 2016 at 1:22 pm

      Yes, we need to enact more stringent laws that will hold these subhuman lowlifes accountable for their inhumane actions towards our helpless creatures who we have been entrusted by God to take care of. God will remember us and hold us accountable for our actions to each other and his creatures. Remember this!!

    • TK

      November 2, 2016 at 8:47 pm

      Unfortunately, our justice system treats animals as “property,” and so aside from locally enforced animal cruelty laws, there is little else that can be done. If your dog is taken from you, it is not a kidnapping that is prioritized, it is just a theft – the same as if someone stole your TV. Sad that this is the mentality.

  6. Arianna

    October 15, 2016 at 11:41 pm

    That was one of the sweetest articles I’ve read in a very long time!! So depressing at first but such a good, heart-warming story to hear that they both made a full recovery and were eventually reunited!! WOW!!! And to the obviously VERY SICK people that abused them, not just abused but terrorized and tortured these poor dogs to the extent that they did….SHAME ON YOU! I can’t honestly believe people can live with themselves when they are seriously that heartless!!?? Thank god these dogs are out of the devil-ish wrath of these so called “humans”.

  7. Barbara Durham

    October 16, 2016 at 1:05 am

    This is a very sad story and I am shocked and angered anyone could treat pets like this. It breaks my heart to imagine all these two went through before they were rescued. I pray they will find a forever home together, with all the love, holding, petting, they can stand. They deserve the best of the best, love, love, love forever.

  8. theatercatz

    October 16, 2016 at 2:11 am

    This story is WONDERFUL!
    A suggestion…. when you post these stories, why do so causing the viewer to ‘flip through’ so many pictures?
    It takes forever to get to the end of their journey and if I was not a rescuer myself, would not spend the time it takes for each page to come through.
    Perhaps there is a better way.
    I pray these two can find a loving home together. If I didn’t already have 11 of my own, I would scoop them up in a heartbeat. Much canine love to be had from these two!!!!!

  9. Tom

    October 16, 2016 at 6:15 pm

    Why can’t people release an unwanted dog(s) to an ANIMAL SHELTER? That would be the KINDEST thing to do. It’s easy to do!

    • Happy

      October 30, 2016 at 4:45 pm

      Yes taking unwanted animals to a shelter is the kindest humane thing to do. Sadly there are THOUSANDS of animals who get picked up or dropped off to a shelter that NEVER makes it out alive. Most shelters are ‘kill facilities’. I’ve read about a shelter who has a special room set up like a home for dogs who are scared or depressed. I wish more people would adopt from shelters, volunteer at shelters, have foster to adopt programs and shelters become a no kill facility. The animal lover in me would love to see all this happen.

  10. J

    October 17, 2016 at 12:14 am

    Lol not worth the money… It probably cost like 150k for treatment. Imagine how much beer you could get with that!

    • STEVE

      October 19, 2016 at 2:47 pm

      J,

      I would be willing to beat the brakes off you for a lot less…..LOL

    • YellowSky

      October 28, 2016 at 5:24 pm

      You’re entitled to your opinion. However, two loving dogs adopted me [2003 and 2014]. Treatment and care; far below your estimate. No beer required.

    • Tammie

      November 1, 2016 at 7:20 am

      J,

      Good to know where your priorities lie.
      I’d rather spend the money on the animal as opposed to having to fund your three hots and a cot at the Graybar Motel when you drink the beer, make a stupid decision that COULD take a life (which is priceless), and create more statistic(s).

    • Kimber

      November 9, 2016 at 9:08 pm

      J-you gotta lot of mouth 4 someone with no name. I’d pay “Steve” to take care of u. You should endure the pain that these poor innocent dogs endure! Hmm it would be cheaper 4 a can of gas n matches n beer of course 4 u too SEE the HELL they suffer. Eventually you will get there. There is a GR8 chance 4 U! Say hi 2 the other psychopaths when u get there.

  11. William Welsch

    October 17, 2016 at 7:18 pm

    the owners need to be horsed whip.There is no way to treat a animal.Find the owners and file charges

    • S Knight

      October 20, 2016 at 1:12 am

      I have always loved all animals domestic or wild and I can’t stand to read about any kind of cruelty. it just tears me up. As far as the people who do this kind of thing, I agree about the owners being horse whipped but too I think they should be arrested and put in jail for 30 years. Our justice system is way too lenient and weak when it comes to cruelty. I would probably have to restrain myself from throwing those freaks off a cliff if Ifound them too.

      • Happy

        October 30, 2016 at 4:27 pm

        I totally agree with you about our justice system being to lenient with animal abusers. I wish there was something we could do to get the laws changed and speak up for those who can’t speak or defend themselves. Karma doesn’t like ugly. Hopefully karma will jump on her lady cycle and show the jerk who abused these dogs some attention and how it feels to be abused. I have no sympathy for animal abusers. There is a special place in Hades for people who harm or hurt others (animals or humans). There is NO reason or excuse to abuse each other or animals. It makes me sick how some people can be cruel to innocent animals. Thankfully Alma and Halo were rescued, got treatment and has a second chance to find a loving home (hopefully with humans who will spoil them with lots of love).

    • j

      October 20, 2016 at 3:42 pm

      wow how selfless you are j

  12. OhZone

    October 18, 2016 at 9:32 pm

    How did they ever think that these 2 were Mastiff or Cane Corso…They are much too small.

  13. Trisha

    October 19, 2016 at 1:31 am

    This was such a heart wrenching story. These poor pups have been thru so much. If possible, they do need to stay together. I am truly hoping a wonderful person sees this story and adopts them into a very loving home. We have 3 dogs or I would. I do believe they will get a home full of love and care together. Going to keep checking the website.

  14. P. Perfetti

    October 19, 2016 at 2:51 pm

    If I could find who did this to her, I would have him/her/them hung in the town square.. Teach the other abusers what will come to them if caught!! That would give those cowards reason to be very afraid.

    • Denny

      October 24, 2016 at 2:20 pm

      I agree..bring back the vigilantes. I have 3 recues, great dogs.

  15. SAM

    October 19, 2016 at 6:35 pm

    How could ANYONE abuse an animal like that?! You just want to take a baseball bat to people who treat poor defenceless animals so badly!

  16. william

    October 19, 2016 at 9:38 pm

    I feel heart broken when I see animals treated like this but there are many children out there that are mistreated and need our help.Child or animal it is because of the laws and failing legal system that it continues.May the Lord come soon and punish those who cause pain and suffering upon those who can not defend themselves.

  17. Samuel Frazier

    October 19, 2016 at 11:01 pm

    This is the most touching article I have ever read regarding bad humans and good humans (the doctors and workers in the vet center) can be to innocent animals. There is something wrong with people that treat pets in this manner and then abandon them to fend for themselves. People that have to have a “Pit Bull” or other so called aggressive dog, put a chain or rope around it’s neck, starve it, leave it outside with no weather protection, beat it to make it mean, are criminals and need to be prosecuted and forbidden to ever own any animal. Yes, this is wishful thinking but the right judge, seeing this example, I am sure would make sure the sentence was severe.

  18. Jo D. Robinson

    October 20, 2016 at 7:24 am

    I would love to be mom to both dogs. I have been looking into rescues for Mastiff or Great Danes. I had a Dane once but he passed away heart failure. Now I have 4 poodles and a dachshund. I am no stranger to medical needs: (diabetic, seizures, blindness, locked knee), helping my babies that is what I do. If for some reason I don’t meet the qualifications I am still going to donate to help with Halos medical bills.

    • WLI Staff

      October 20, 2016 at 4:11 pm

      Here is a link to the contact information for the animal foundation (http://www.trioanimalfoundation.org/signup) if you are interested in adopting! There is also a donate option there as well if you want to help with Halo’s recovery. Keep on being awesome, Jo!

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    October 20, 2016 at 9:05 am

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  20. Prof. Anthony O. Nwachukwu (Fr.)

    October 20, 2016 at 1:14 pm

    I cannot believe that this very dog ever survived. Of course, when God says “Yes”, no force or human can challenge Him. To God be the glory! Our Animal Rescuers, you may not have any religion or belong to any Church, but one thing I must assure you remains the fact that you are closest to God’s heart by your healthy life choices to save lives. Keep it up!

    • stephen c. tobleman

      November 1, 2016 at 11:41 pm

      very inspiring words Professor. God can work so many wonders as he did with this story

  21. C.J Annlee

    October 21, 2016 at 1:06 am

    I read with interest all the animal lovers comments. I too love animals, but I love unborn babies even more. Do your hearts also go out to those woman who choose abortion and the young lives they kill? Not trying to start a bad debate to a touching story, but which one matters more??

    • Happy

      October 30, 2016 at 4:05 pm

      All lives matter … human or animal lives. As far as the abortion debate I see and agree with both sides (both has valid arguments). Pity people can’t put aside their differences to try to make a better world. I think its horrible how some people can be so vicious to each other and to animals. It’s wonderful that there are caring people who will put the time and love towards an abused animal who needs help. These dogs should stay together in their fur ever home. In my opinion there isn’t enough torture that can be done to the monster who would or could be so cruel to harm an animal. I firmly believe how a person treats an animal shows what kind of person they are. Hopefully karma will show kindness to those who helped Halo and Alma get better and karma will show her nasty side to heartless jerk who mistreated these poor dogs. It’s wonderful there was a happy ending for these two when so many don’t get a second chance to find a loving home.

      • stephen c. tobleman

        November 1, 2016 at 11:45 pm

        Happy, I can see a dog walking by me and I will worry about him. Hoping he gets to where he needs to be. But I pass people many times on a street corner looking for money and I can turn a blind eye towards them. I don’t know why but i worry about animals more. Maybe because they can’t control their destiny

  22. barbara

    October 21, 2016 at 4:40 pm

    my concern is the person/persons who did this to these animals, what was there punishment. jail (for along time and a large fine and also letting the public know who they are and where they are.

  23. Tom O

    October 24, 2016 at 7:46 am

    I’m happy/sad at the same time to have read this. sad and piss all at once for such ABUSE. I know I’m at a wrong to say “abusers should receive same treatment abuse” and see if they like such animalistic abusive behavior. what’s going on world?
    thank you, for sharing Trio animal foundation,and for giving HOPE,and for making a stand,and a difference.
    Amazing work !!!

  24. Sprite

    October 27, 2016 at 4:44 pm

    I’m so glad the story has a happy ending!

  25. Linda

    October 27, 2016 at 4:45 pm

    Animals can be so loving and they feel love, pain, fear, and happiness just as humans do. I will never understand the minds of humans who can abuse another person or an animal. I am sending my donation to Trio to help with the kindness and medical helpmthey provide. I have loved many found dogs and cats in my life, but am not now in a position to care for any more in my home. Alma and Halo deserve to live out their lives together. I hope some loving family with the space to keep them come forward.

  26. Randy

    October 29, 2016 at 3:46 am

    I have a Rescue yellow lab shepherd cross. He is so behaved and smart that I can’t understand why anyone would abandon him. He is fearful of brooms so I suspect that he was smacked by the people with a broom when he was younger. This was a hard story to watch because those of us who love dogs hate to see them abused. Thank God somebody cared to manage their health problems.

  27. Bill

    October 29, 2016 at 2:14 pm

    All I have to say is that the people that torture any animal should get down on their knees and pray to what ever deity they believe in, and give thanks that I am not, (and never will be) the Emperor of this World. If I was they would suffer the exact same fate that they have inflicted on animals. I have 8 rescued dogs, (we lost our Greyhound in June,), 28 rescued peacocks, and 4 feral cats, and 1 tame cat that lives outside.
    One useless blob of “human” flesh tied a dog to his bumper and dragged a dog to his death a couple of years ago. He would be executed the same way if I had my way. If people do not like animals, then simply leave them alone. There is no excuse for torture on any animal.

  28. Tom C.

    October 30, 2016 at 9:34 am

    Everyone seems to have jumped to the conclusion the dog was abused. The symptoms speak of abandonment (if they ever even had a home). Mange, entropion, and malnutrition have nothing to do with physical abuse. Nor do worms, which I assume the dogs also had. But, that said, the story is still heart-wrenching and the vets’ compassion uplifting.

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    October 31, 2016 at 3:46 am

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  30. Kenn

    November 1, 2016 at 11:28 pm

    people,
    I wish you all cared half as much for the starving kids in our country and the condition of our public education. I love animals and am glad to see this doggy is making a complete recover, but then you tell me your voting for Trump?
    GOD help us…

  31. SYLVIA BUTLER

    November 2, 2016 at 4:17 pm

    You people are a Godsend! It hurts my heart to see abused animals, you can’t save them all but you people Try! There need to be strict guidelines for these animal. when they are adopted or sold a chip s/b automatic! People who hurt or abuse animals s/b given the same punishment as humans and heavy fines to support rescue missions. I wish we could start a March on washington for animal abuse and everybody have an abused Dog on a leash!

  32. raymond s zabrecky

    November 2, 2016 at 7:43 pm

    70,00,000 aborted babies in America since Roe V Wade; and we are fascinated with saving the life of a dog. I love dogs. America please remove your cultural head from your keister

  33. eva clapp

    December 13, 2016 at 8:14 am

    I love animals to.ihave 4 dogs.but it bothers me that we show all the animal rescues and nothing about the children in the us that are treated just as bad.lots go to bed hungary.people and mean children should get just as much focus.people will hundreds of dollars on animals ignore child abuse right under their noses.

    • Willow

      December 13, 2016 at 11:23 am

      Thanks for your reply, Eva. We agree that homeless and abused children don’t get enough acknowledgement in the U.S. As an Animal site focused on delivering inspiring and entertaining animal-related articles to our readers, it wouldn’t make sense for WLI to cover that topic. Hopefully other websites with more of a human focus could start to help cover stories of that nature. Thanks again, Eva.

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