Phone Tip Triggers Best Day of Dog’s Life


Written by Dogs Deserve Better Representative Sheryl Jacobs of Wisconsin

After receiving a call about a neglected chained dog, I drove 60 miles to check the situation out. I found the dog just as described, chained outside, no food, no one home. I fed and gave her water and left my contact information.

Two days later, the dog’s sweet face still haunted me, so I made the trip back only to find her just as I had left her. It was apparent that no one had been home since my visit two days earlier.

The neighbors wouldn’t answer when I knocked, so I got the police involved. I was able to take Sheba with me, and when I returned to court a few weeks later and the person being charged with animal neglect did not show, I was granted full custody.

Sheba did test positive for heartworm but has made it through the treatment. Her love of human affection attests to just how lonely she must have been when she was left for days at a time with nothing but a heavy chain and empty bowl. She is waiting for her permanent home now and resides with a wonderful foster family who showers her with love.

Better Than a Box of Chocolates!

From now until Valentines Day, the Harmony Fund will bring you daily chronicles of the work of our partners at Dogs Deserve Better. Each story will be filled with hope, inspiration and a generous serving of empowerment. After all, we could all use a little more love in our lives, and none more so than the neighborhood dog who lives on a chain all year round. More great ’Before & After’ photos here.


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W. C
W. C4 months ago

Thank you.

William C
William Cabout a year ago


Patty L.
Patty L2 years ago

Clearly, Better than a Box of chocolates!!! tyfs!

Pablo B.
.2 years ago


pat B.
Patty B2 years ago

The you for saving this loving..and now happy dog.

Adrienne L.
Adrienne L2 years ago


Genoveva M M.
Genoveva M M2 years ago

Wonderful, beautiful, caring people never stop helping these innocents, please! Thanks for sn other so wonderful story.

Hamburger Moscovici
Hamburger M3 years ago

Thanks for posting this great story

Paulinha Russell
Paulinha Russell3 years ago


Fi T.
Past Member 3 years ago

Make sure human technology benefits our furry friends