03 September 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Chihuahua’s Miraculous Rescue Story

Harley the Chihuahua has a brand new life after being rescued by one woman. Photo courtesy of Harley on Facebook.

Harley the Chihuahua has a brand new life after being rescued by one woman. Photo courtesy of Harley on Facebook.

“Thanks for giving me a new ‘leash’ on life! Woof!”

When we read about puppy mills there are stories that can be very heart breaking. But the good news is there are people who truly care about animals and make a big difference in this growing problem. Read about how a sweet Chihuahua’s miraculous rescue story and recovery came about through one woman. Get out the tissue box!




Chihuahua’s Miraculous Rescue Story

Harley was born in a puppy mill. For those who don’t know, these are horrible places. Selected as breeding stock, Harley was confined to a wire cage with a wire floor that hurt his feet. He had no bed, no toys, no clean water. He never knew a kind word or loving touch. The years ran together, all ten of them spent caged, and nothing changed, save for Harley getting older and more crippled. Then the cough started; Harley was in heart failure. At this point, the puppy mill people had no more use for him. He was tossed in a bucket to die—but, for the first time in his life, fortune smiled upon him. A woman who worked for the puppy mill stepped in and rescued him, turning him over to a rescue.


This is when everything changed. Harley’s rescuer, Barbara, wrote about his first night of freedom, March 18, 2011: “He is small, but also badly crippled on the back legs and walks with his elbows out on the front legs, and he carries his head low to take weight off the back legs. His nails are so long. He has one eye missing. His mouth is full of rot. He is so very sweet. As soon as I got him, I bathed him. He was frightened but stood still. I soaped him up three times to get the stench off him. I then towel dried him and put a sweater on him to keep him warm. I cleaned his ears, which were nasty and clipped his nails as much as I dared. He is about five pounds and sable coloured. He’s loved me since the moment I took him. He slept with me—the first time he’s ever slept in a soft place or bed. He wanted to snuggle so close and he licked me over and over. I let him even though his breath was so bad! He will go to the vet the first of the week to see if he is strong enough to withstand anesthesia for a neuter and dental. In anticipation, I started him on antibiotics. He has diarrhea, parasites, and some other issues. This boy has waited a long time for this freedom, and while we have to play games and be nice to the breeders who so badly neglect, it is necessary in order to save the dogs. We will find him a wonderful home, with someone who will adore and love him for whatever time he has left.”


To the vet Harley went. He got neutered and most of his teeth were pulled. He was X-rayed so they could figure out his spinal problems—the cramped cage he’d lived in most of his life was hard on his bones. He had congestive heart failure and his stomach and lungs were filled with fluid. It was even coming out his nose. Added to that was a level-five heart murmur, plus a few other things: a broken tail, deformed toes due to his nails never being trimmed, arthritis, an eye with cataracts—in short, he was a mess. You may have noticed Harley only has one eye? The puppy mill breeders didn’t take the dogs out of the cages to clean them; they just power washed the dogs along with the cages. Harley had a couple of buddies with no eyes. Read more about Dog Rescue in Meet Harley! here.

It’s so horrific how the puppy mill people abused little Harley, but the big heart of one woman helped save him. It’s wonderful to learn about this Chihuahua’s miraculous rescue story, and provides more awareness on stopping these bad breeders. You can follow Harley right here on Facebook!

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“Harley the Chihuahua Rescued from Death”