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Dog Rescued from Trash Dump Befriends Pup Saved from Drainpipe

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Miley and Frankie

Frankie’s Story

Frankie was discovered in a drainpipe under a large and very busy highway, and was eventually rescued by Hope for Paws.  Frankie is also a young pup, maybe a year or two, who weighs only three pounds!  As you can imagine, he was also quite traumatized from his experience on the run.

Eldad was assisted in Frankie’s rescue by Lisa Chiarelli, a long time volunteer. They decided to name the tiny Chihuahua Frankie, after one of Lisa’s pit bulls. Eventually Lisa fostered Little Frankie and he is known as a real ladies man in her household. Watch Frankie and Frankie play together.

Miley and Frankie

Miley loves to play with other dogs and when she met Frankie, they became best buds.  She gave comfort and took the little guy under her wing to protect him.  To Frankie, Miley was a soft and snuggly pillow.

When the video Eldad posted of Miley’s rescue started to hit viral status – it currently has close to 9 million views on YouTube — many people commented that Miley and Frankie should be adopted together.

However, Eldad explained to Care2 the difference in size and playful temperament of the two dogs does not make it safe for Frankie. “Miley will play for three hours, then want to play for three more,” said Eldad “while Frankie likes to play for 3 minutes, then wants to rest.”

Just the size of Miley’s paws could cause serious injury for Frankie if Miley became unintentionally overzealous during some delightful play time. Big Frankie (yes, the pit bill) is intuitively more gentle when playing with little Frankie and they co-exist well together.

Miley now

Adoption Plans

Hope for Paws has received 500 applications to date for Miley, so no more applications for her are being accepted at this time. Miley is currently in foster care through one of Hope for Paws’ collaborating rescue groups, Fuzzy Pet Foundation and doing very well.  She has another month or so of treatment before she is ready to go to her new forever home, which will allow enough time to sort through the applications.

Frankie needed surgery for a birth defect on his penis, from which he is currently healing.  He has a meet up with a potential adoptive family very soon and will be cherished no matter what his final destination.

About Hope for Paws

Eldad has a knack for marketing the rescued animals he saves.  His YouTube channel is full of tender and emotional rescues of abandoned creatures around Los Angeles and other parts of California. His Facebook page also abounds with details of many of the rescued animals he and his wife, Audrey, have saved in the last five years.

“None of my videos have gone viral like Miley’s,” Eldad said. Soon Miley will be interviewed with her foster family on CBS “Inside Edition.” Delighted with the global interest in Miley’s story, Eldad is very grateful for all the media attention because the donations coming in will help him continue his selfless work in animal rescue.

Hope for Paws runs a free spay/neuter clinic and have served thousands of animals. “Our goal is to educate people on the importance of companion animals in our society to stop the cycle of animal neglect and abuse,” according to the organization’s website.

Social media… how powerful it is!

Miley and Eldad share a loving moment


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7:35AM PDT on Oct 8, 2014

great article, thanks for sharing :)

5:21PM PDT on Sep 1, 2014

Thanks so much to the people who rescue them, youre all Angels , Blessings!!!!!

2:22AM PDT on May 13, 2014

Thank you

8:51PM PDT on May 4, 2014

So glad that Miley & Frankie are doing great . To the people that abused them, I hope they suffer & NEVER have another restful night . Would like to dump them in the trash & see how they do, NEVER to leave the trash dump again , living outside permanently . Eating the food from the trash dump .

7:40PM PDT on Mar 20, 2014


4:50PM PST on Jan 25, 2014

Sick bastard (s) who dumped her!!! God bless the people who saved her. What kind of monster would do that??? It makes me so mad!!!!!

2:59AM PST on Jan 23, 2014

I am glad that there are humans with hearts and compassion still walking this earth. Thank you for saving this beautiful soul. For the people who does such cruelty, well they get what they cultivate and if hate and anger, cruelty is what they cultivate, this is what they will get back someday, no matter when all our actions have consequences not only for the victims. Good or bad!!!

7:43PM PST on Jan 19, 2014

Such sad videos. I'm so happy both were rescued. I don't think they should be separated. A large dog knows he/she has to be gentle with a smaller dog, just as a large human knows to be gentle with a child. Makes me sad they were separated.

10:35AM PST on Jan 16, 2014

Those who rescue animals are, by far, the most incredible humans on the face of this earth. Thank you just doesn't seem to be enough to express my appreciation of what these kind folks have done for Miley and countless other animals who have been let down by humans.

Well done!

And for those who applied to adopt Miley, there are literally thousands of other deserving animals, just like Miley, who are just as deserving of a good loving forever home. Please consider adopting one of them.

8:52PM PST on Jan 1, 2014

ty very much!

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