Skeletal Dog Rescued just Inches from Death

“As I visited with Angel last night, I looked into her eyes and saw a tiny spark. Her spirit is barely there… but I could still feel it and her will to live.”


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From Annie Hart:

This is Angel… Angel is a product of the worst parts of humanity.

A friend of Rescue From The Hart named Kay Buell found Angel stumbling down a back road in Palmdale. She couldn’t walk. She kept falling and struggling to stand up. Hundreds of people drove past this dog and did NOTHING. Actually, they swerved around her and kept going. But Kay stopped and she scooped this poor soul up into her arms and carried her to her car.

Then she called me and asked if #RFTH could help Angel. Of course I said, “yes.”

Angel is now at the hospital fighting for her life. She has quite the fight ahead of her. Her temperature was 96 degrees when she arrived at the hospital. When the offered her a tiny bit of food, she threw it back up because her body no longer have the power to digest food. She is receiving blood transfusions to help her body fight. She is beyond emaciated and dehydrated. She literally weighs less than half of what she should. IF her body has the power to fight, Angel will need to remain hospitalized for weeks.

This is not a dog who has been living on the streets and just got this sick. This dog was neglected. No – She was abused by someone. This is cruelty at its worst. It made me physical sick to see Angel’s condition and think about the amount of abuse she went through over the past several months, if not years. It made me angry. I could spit nails, I’m so mad. It’s moments like this that I question everything.

But, as I visited with Angel late last night, I looked into her eyes and I saw a tiny spark. Her spirit is barely there… but I could still feel it and her will to live. And in that moment, my anger softened. Knowing she hadn’t given up gave me hope that we could help this precious soul. So I promised her that we would give her our all and fight for her.

I looked around at the veterinary team and was grateful knowing that Angel was receiving the BEST medical care we could ask for and the BEST team of nurses and caregivers to provide her love. I was grateful to Kay for stopping and helping Angel as she did. And I was grateful knowing that Angel now has a village standing beside her to support her in every way.

On Friday our village saved more than 70 lives… Today, we need your help saving one Angel. She needs a miracle and we need each and every one of our villagers today to help her.

We need you to pray for her. We need you to share this post. And we need donations to help with her medical bills.

So many of you donate regularly to RFTH. Many of you cannot afford to. And others just haven’t found the right time to donate. For those of you who haven’t donated before and have been waiting for the perfect moment, that moment is right now. No amount is too small. Whether it’s $2.00 or $20.00, your contribution will make all the difference as we fight for Angel.

Please visit our website and become a donor to our village today.

And if you cannot donate, please pray for Angel, share this post and help our village fight for our Angel.
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You can also send a check to the address below:
Rescue From The Hart
16209 Victory Blvd #117
Van Nuys, CA 91406



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ANGEL UPDATE 12.9.14 evening

Greetings villagers. It’s been a long and very busy day and I apologize for the delay in updating you on Angel.

I had a long visit with her this afternoon. Her personality is starting to come out a bit and she’s moving her head and eyes around a lot more. Her spirit is definitely strong, as is her will to live. She even gave us a few tiny kisses.

We were able to stand Angel up for a few moments (we need to keep her muscles moving) and this was the first time I had been able to truly see just how fragile she is. I look at this photo and it shocks me that this is progress from a few days ago… It’s rather horrific to think she was out there on the streets like this. It makes my heart hurt…

As far as her progress – Angel is eating quite well, but still struggling with diarrhea. We’ve added pumpkin to her food and hoping that will help a bit, but we’re also testing her pancreas to see if she has a deficiency that is causing her trouble. Those tests will be back in the next day or so and will help decide the next course of action with diet and medication.

Her blood transfusion is still helping, but we will likely have to do another one on Thursday or Friday.

Overall, Angel is doing a little better every day. She is not out of the woods yet, but as they say, “Inch by inch, life’s a cinch. Yard by yard, life’s too yard.”

As I kissed her goodbye this afternoon, I said the following to her over and over:

You are loved
You are important
And we will fight for you.

Please keep helping us help Angel fight with your love, prayers and shares.

PS- The website is back up again! You can visit us here:


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618 thoughts on “Skeletal Dog Rescued just Inches from Death

    1. And then it comes out months later that Kay Buell, the one who “rescued” her is actually the one who was starving her and other dogs. Woman needs to be locked up

  1. I HATE people more & more everyday!!!!!!! People truly do suck!!!!! (Except the people who helped this sweet baby)
    Breaks my heart to see this poor baby like this.

  2. This just breaks my heart…I don’t understand how someone could do this to an animal! Hopefully she pulls through!

  3. I see this same type of thing over and over on FB, I’ll never get used to it. And, I’ll never understand humanity. We keep breeding both people and animals…. what the hell for? Where on this earth can you find a piece of common sense?!!!!! We have a population of human beings that require us to house/kill animals in such an in humane way, and we have animals living so very in humanely because of us……. It’s starting to seem like we just bring life upon this earth to suffer…. yeah, there’s happy times/days, but if you sum it all up…. who won w/out an excessive amount of suffering on some animals behalf……. on either side. I don’t know…. maybe because of social media we are able to comprehend in general, the give and take that life requires….. with that being said, I’ll never ever agree that ANYONE should be breeding any animal of any kind…. so much life is wasted and tossed aside. Just, so very heartbreaking.

  4. If anyone is interested, I did see an update. Since Saturday she has gained 1.1 pounds. It isnt a lot but it is a hopeful step in what will be a long recovery.

  5. God bless the lady who rescued this dog, this story reminds me of my friend who saw two puppys on the road they saw them twice in a week so on the third time they saw them again looking hungry so they stopped and they open their car door and one hopped in straight away but the other one run away, they went back expecting to rescue the other one but they couldn’t find the dog, they place an add with the picture of the incase someone will claim the dog but no one came foorward so they were happy to register the dog to be the forever parents…they are happy to have him, but sorry for the other one who weren’t rescued…

  6. This breaks my heart. I’ve been looking to rescue recently. I’d like my three year old JackRat mutt to have a sister. In all seriousness would love to give this baby a loving home full of warmth, cuddles, toys, and food.

  7. Thank you for the update on Angel. I know you are doing the best you can for her. I will do the needful on this end to help in the effort to save her life. X

  8. Breaks my heart . I so hope she gets better. Whoever did this to her Shame on you for animal abuse . Thank you for helping her

  9. Just makes me sick to my stomach….how awful! :'( stop treating God’s precious creation so badly….thank you Kay for coming to her rescue!

  10. No excuse for this poor dog to be so neglected. Prayers for him to have a wonderful life! May the neglected abuser go STRAIGHT TO HELL!!!

  11. It truly is incomprehensible how anyone can be so cruel !!! It seems to becoming an epidemic as more and more of these are being reported. I’m so glad she has been rescued, thanks to all the individuals and groups that are willing to help. God bless.

  12. oh my……how does this happen? how could anyone just turn away and do nothing? I would never be able to live with myself if I didn’t stop and get her!

  13. God bless you for saving Angel!! Prayer that she make a full recovery and lives a wonderful long life and be loved like she deserves to be loved!! Bless this Angel!!!

  14. We need to be more vocal against this sort of treatment. Get it out there that we will not stand for this sort of treatment and support all those whoa re doing the right thing.

  15. it really says something about the human species when you can’t even help out a poor animal like this – innocent, voiceless and helpless. selfish PiecesOS.

  16. Make sure she gets lots of probiotics, that should help her little tummy and with the diarrhea. Poor girl

  17. Omg she is a beautiful lady for seeing what other people don’t and helping this beautiful girl. Pray she gets well in time and finds a loving furever home when she strong enough. Xxx

  18. Breaks my heart…poor baby. What is wrong with people now days…to just keep going around this poor dog who needed help…my heart hurts for this baby

  19. I wud of done the same thing I wud of swooped the lil baby in my arms n given her the love n care she desperately needed n needs n given her a forever home I wud love her with my life, heart n soul forever ever n ever. Thank you for saving this precious lil baby.

  20. Thank-you to Kay and all the people taking a part in Angel’s recovery!! I pray she becomes strong and finds a loving home that spoils her for the rest of her long life. ❤️

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