What some people do behind closed doors is absolutely horrifying. Thankfully, neighbors caught on to what was happening in this man’s garage and called the local authorities. Sadly, though, so much had gone on, and a precious life was nearly lost.
A mechanic in Costa Rica kept a “guard dog” in such inhumane conditions that it was a miracle she was still alive. Cala, a sweet, innocent Pit Bull, spent her days on a short chain. She had an old tire filled with dirty clothes to rest on but the chain she was attached to was so short, she was never able to put her head down.
To make matters even graver, her owner rarely fed her.
The local dog sanctuary, Territorio de Zaguates, as well as police, came to check on Cala after neighbors reached out.
“I felt desperately sad and frustrated,” Lya Battle, founder of Territorio de Zaguates, told The Dodo. “The picture I first saw of her showed a pitiful creature robbed of its dignity and ready to give up — a dog whose spirit had been broken and was just waiting for the end to come while living a never-ending nightmare.”
Cala was thankfully taken from the callous owner and brought to the vet. The dog, besides being malnourished, was also covered in wounds.
“Her healing process was slow, and the humans around her still had to cause her pain through the curing of her wounds, especially the gash in her neck caused by years of hanging from a tight metal chain around her neck,” Battle told The Dodo. “Nursing her was as painful for her as it was for us, but eventually she understood that after the pain came love and treats, so she learned to deal with it like a champ.”
Cala was brought to the sanctuary once she was well enough. Volunteers were troubled by her behavior at first. She didn’t seem to like other dogs or people. But then, as she realized she was finally safe, she warmed up to everyone. She was just a little shy and unsure of what others around her may do.
“We saw Cala go from a weak, feeble animal, too depressed to care, to a stronger creature willing to stand up for herself,” Battle said. “With time, we also got to see that willful creature incorporate play and goofiness into her daily routine. With every day that passed, we saw more of her personality come through. She went from fearing humans to trusting them and even ‘bugging’ them for attention.”
Then something horrible happened! A band of misfits snuck into the shelter and placed sausages laced with poison all around. No one was sure why this happened, but 16 dogs died from the incident and Cala was nearly the 17th. She had eaten some of the sausage but luckily she came through.
“Cala was still alive when we got to her,” Battle said. “Probably her size helped tolerate the dose — that or she only got to a small bite of it. In any case, Cala was saved. She struggled with neurological problems for a while after that but she came around again. She’s just too tough a cookie!”
Cala was certainly a fighter!
“I think there are no coincidences in life,” Battle added. “Cala survived years of neglect, years of torture, years of hunger and illness. She was hanging on to life for a reason and she had already found out that life had been worth the long wait when again humans appeared in the picture wanting to hurt her. So although we were devastated by the loss of all the others, that fact that Cala had managed to pull through was just so fitting to her spirit.”
Cala was finally able to go to a foster home and get spoiled with special attention and love!
Even though Cala is now safe, people on social media couldn’t stop sharing how disgusted they were by the way she was treated.
Cala’s story is far from over. She makes tremendous strides daily. She loves to play and never shows humans or other animals any other side but her best. She was wronged, terribly terribly wronged, but she holds no grudges. She’s a beautiful, sweet animal who will now live a life that’s only about love.