It breaks our hearts to see anyone or anything abused or mistreated. No one should ever be treated with anything but love and kindness, and when a person treats a helpless and innocent creature – human or animal – cruelly and heartlessly, it’s enough to make our blood boil.
That’s what happened when we saw these images of Rocco, a sweet dog in Puerto Rico that had been neglected and abused. Rocco’s owners would leave the poor dog chained up outside for days on end with no food or water and no ability to get anything of sustenance. After months of abuse and neglect, he was barely hanging onto life.
When a neighbor noticed Rocco’s pitiful state, he knew he had to do something to save him, so he called the police. When the authorities came to the house and saw Rocco’s deplorable condition, they acted immediately. They put the emaciated dog into their police cruiser and took him to receive the medical attention he so desperately needed.
Thankfully, Rocco responded well to fluids and he tested negative for both mange and heartworm. Miraculously, besides being extremely malnourished, he was relatively healthy.
“[The dog] is responding well to treatment,” said Iris Quiñones, president of animal rescue group OICA (Oficiales Investigadores de Crueldad de Animales). “He was given fluids, doesn’t have mange and is heartworm negative. He is a fighter.”