Animal Lovers Save Doberman Trapped and Left to Die by Highway

Editor’s note: This is a Care2 favorite. It was originally published on July 23, 2013. Enjoy!

Written by Stephanie Legelis of Pennsylvania

I rescued my first animal whenI was three. I begged and pleaded with my mom until she agreed. Thank God she said ‘yes’ as Franky would not have had a chance without us and I knew it from that early age. Since then rescue has been in my blood. I have saved hundreds of animals from death, but not without help. This is one such story.

My husband andI were driving between the two tunnels on our way home in Montenegro, when my husband said, “Wow,I think I just saw the ears of a Great Dane.” Now usually there was a woman herding her goats in that area, but we both had to turn around and go back.

We pulled up and admired the sea view in an isolated spot that the locals told us was the dumping ground for dogs. The theory was the location was ideal for a “quick death” as there was no food nor water, and if the animal tried to leave, most likely a car would hit them. This was the case asI had already rescued two dogs hit by cars there the spring before. Upon getting out, we quickly noticed black ears up in the air. My heart sunk as I knew whatI would see. He could still stand but he was thin and his skin was appalling. His feet had swelled to three times their normal size due to Demodex Mange and he was terrified.

He Ate It All…

I had water and food on me as I always carry emergency supplies. I mixed the dry food with a liter of water and he ate it all so quicklythat Iworried about bloating. I knew he was severely dehydrated and assumed he had leishmaniasis (a disease transmitted by sub species of sand fly). We drove home and loaded up on more water, vitamins and food. Then, we went back to Baby to stay with him a while and work on hydrating him and boosting his trust in us.

We continued going twice a day until I realized he would have to be drugged as he just was too afraid. My friend helped me do this and we brought Baby to the vet. I thought he was an old dog because he looked it, but the vet took one look at his teeth and declared thathe was no more than one year! Hence the name “Baby.”

The vet ran many tests on him because we assumed the worst but everything came up negative to our delight. What is appalling is that he was micro-chipped and his ears had been clipped. The vet suggested he was disposed of because of his sensitive and sweet nature.

She treated him with antibiotics and vitamins and that was the beginning. We brought him to my friend’s enclosed garden and he was thrilled. There he had a bed and food and water and began to recuperate. Days and weeks went by, turning into months before the Germany rescue team Tierhilfe Montenegro arrived.

By the time they arrived, Baby was socialized and a love bug, a complete reversal from the frightened dog of before. He loved cats and other dogs and was just a beam of joy. He is in Germany now with a loving family who continue his treatments. It has only been a couple of months and I never stop looking between those tunnels knowing it will only be a matter of time before the next dog appears.

See great photos of Baby recovering after the rescue


Jim Ven
Jim Ven3 years ago

thanks for the article.

Carrie-Anne Brown

thanks for sharing :)

Nancy Black
Nancy Black4 years ago

The kindness of Strangers can make such a difference in an animal or human's life; just as the cruelty of those close can destroy the spirit of an animal or human.

heather g.
heather g4 years ago

Thank you for being such caring people - you certainly transformed that Doberman's life

Ionete Oana
Oanna Yonne4 years ago

Thanks to the saviour! Be blessed!

Lisa Zarafonetis
Lisa Zarafonetis4 years ago

Oh thank u for saving sweet Baby!!! :)

kerry gilling
kerry gilling4 years ago

your one in a million bless you and the work you do

Carol M.
carol m4 years ago

Thank you for coming to the aid of Baby.

Evelyn B.
Evelyn B4 years ago

Bless you, for Baby and all the others. It is totally outside my capacity to understand - intellectually, let alone empatically, how people can treat animals like this.
And animals - especially dogs - so often have such a huge capacity to forgive the human species, not hold their sufferings against all humans. On couldn't blame such dogs if they became man-haters ... yet they seldom do; more often they pour their love out again for the humans who then came to their aid ... and to those around these people.

Ivana Donovalov?

Thank You! Love you and I am sure the doberman loves you and thanks you too!!!