Starving Dog Wanders into Garage and Finds Rescue

An abandoned and malnourished dog from Tennessee had his life changed after he walked into a garage looking for a safe place to rest.

This past November, a starving large breed dog, possibly a Great Dane mix, wandered into a Greeneville, Tenn. garage, looking for shelter, food and peace. The malnourished black dog probably had a few days left – if not hours – to live, all he wanted was a comfy place to rest his tired body, little did he know that walking into that garage would forever change his life.

Photo Credit: Bright Hope Animal Rescue
Photo Credit: Bright Hope Animal Rescue

 

Today this dog goes by the name Ruger, and he was rescued by Bright Hope Animal Rescue.

After Ruger walked into the garage, the homeowner contacted the rescue organization, and founders Jason and Amanda Hopson set out to pick up and rescue the dog. The Hopsons took the dog home but at 2 a.m. Ruger fell unconscious and his rescuers thought he had passed away.

The dog was rushed to a veterinarian and after emergency exams, veterinarians discovered his stomach had twisted due to bloat. Emergency surgery was performed and Ruger’s life was saved.

Dr. Al Claiborne from Animal Medical Center of Greeneville said Ruger “was really a very poor anesthetic and surgical candidate, but [he] really came through very well, [and was] definitely a fighter.”

Weighing a just 48 pounds when rescued, veterinarians and rescuers knew that Ruger’s road to recovery would be a long one. Lukily, after a few weeks of medical care and the unconditional love the Hopsons have provided, the once emaciated dog has started to show signs of recovery.

Photo Credit: Bright Hope Animal Rescue
Photo Credit: Bright Hope Animal Rescue

 

Ruger has gained 5 pounds and enjoys human companionship. He has started to play like any normal and healthy dog would and his personality now lets those around him know that he is a sweet, approachable, cuddly big guy.

“When we first took him in, he was just a shell of a dog, emotionally and physically,” Jason Hopson told WBIR News, “the dog was just broken, had no emotion whatsoever.”

“[Now,] his hair is shiny and he is starting to get some muscle back. His front ribs are disappearing. His body is surviving on food and not consuming itself. He spends his days walking around the vet clinic building muscle, enjoying head scratches, and all the healthy food he needs. He walks when he wants and then takes a nap and then goes back to work walking and building those muscles,” posted Bright Hope Animal Rescue on their Facebook wall.

For now Ruger is living at the animal clinic, but once he is healthy enough he will be moved into a foster home. When the time is right, the organization will place him in the ideal forever loving home.

To learn more about Ruger and his road to recovery visit Bright Hope Animal Rescue’s Facebook page.

170 thoughts on “Starving Dog Wanders into Garage and Finds Rescue

  1. bless your heart baby thank you with all my heart for saveing this poor angel god bless you all again thank you xxxxxxxxxxx

  2. bless your heart baby thank you with all my heart for saveing this poor angel god bless you all again thank you xxxxxxxxxxx

  3. this is sick…..we call them animals,i think its us that are the animals………look at what we do to them!!!!

  4. this is sick…..we call them animals,i think its us that are the animals………look at what we do to them!!!!

  5. Thank God he finally found someone who would care for him. How could he pass by so many people & them not help??? He didn’t get that way overnight, so our society just turned a blind eye…how sad!! Thankful for the rescuers & the vet for taking such good care of this precious deserving baby!!

  6. Thank God he finally found someone who would care for him. How could he pass by so many people & them not help??? He didn’t get that way overnight, so our society just turned a blind eye…how sad!! Thankful for the rescuers & the vet for taking such good care of this precious deserving baby!!

  7. At least there is a few people still care I just could not see that and not do nothing he should have been saved earlier but at least he got a good home and I can’t understand why people get these dogs and wait till there half grown and decides they don’t won’t them or they can take another house and just get reed them wtf I’ve got five pits and a lab I got 4 two many and I can’t just get reed one or two how do you choose!! I really don’t understand people how they can be so fckn cruel

  8. At least there is a few people still care I just could not see that and not do nothing he should have been saved earlier but at least he got a good home and I can’t understand why people get these dogs and wait till there half grown and decides they don’t won’t them or they can take another house and just get reed them wtf I’ve got five pits and a lab I got 4 two many and I can’t just get reed one or two how do you choose!! I really don’t understand people how they can be so fckn cruel

  9. I’m not one to wish harm on anyone or anything living, but to see this it makes me sick & heart broken. I feel strongly that people that do this to an animal should be locked in a fenced area with no shelter, no food. Let that person experience what this beautiful puppy went through ….physical & mental pain, then put that person in prison & throw the key away!

  10. I’m not one to wish harm on anyone or anything living, but to see this it makes me sick & heart broken. I feel strongly that people that do this to an animal should be locked in a fenced area with no shelter, no food. Let that person experience what this beautiful puppy went through ….physical & mental pain, then put that person in prison & throw the key away!

  11. Thanks to all involved helping this gorgeous Dog, people that neglect or ignore are just useless humans, so many people nowadays are cruel and heartless.

  12. Thanks to all involved helping this gorgeous Dog, people that neglect or ignore are just useless humans, so many people nowadays are cruel and heartless.

  13. I will never understand how people can just ignore a poor, desperate creature in dire need of help!! Karma to them!

  14. I will never understand how people can just ignore a poor, desperate creature in dire need of help!! Karma to them!

  15. Good job rescuers! But it’s sad he was in that state to begin with, can’t imagine the pain and suffering. Pray he never knows that feeling again.

  16. Good job rescuers! But it’s sad he was in that state to begin with, can’t imagine the pain and suffering. Pray he never knows that feeling again.

  17. I hope these monsters that abused this dog knows that God is watching you, good luck at getting thru those pearly gates! Hope you like it Hot when you die, you sorry excuse for a human!

  18. I hope these monsters that abused this dog knows that God is watching you, good luck at getting thru those pearly gates! Hope you like it Hot when you die, you sorry excuse for a human!

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