For the animal lovers out there, our pets are one of the most precious things in the world to us. They pick us up when we’re feeling down, they make the good times even more enjoyable, and all they ask in return is food, shelter, and love.
Unfortunately, some people fall way short of their responsibilities when it comes to that last part, which results in some shocking cases of animal neglect and/or abuse.
To most people, it boggles the mind how anyone could treat an animal cruelly, but unfortunately there are some nast people out there.
Fortunately, there are kind-hearted people and animal rescue organisations out there to save the day, which is exactly what happened in this story coming out of St Louis.
A local couple had just bought a new home in the area, and were in the process of moving in. When exploring their new property, they found something that they were definitely not expecting – a beautiful dog, which had been chained up in the basement and left for dead.
They were shocked, but knew that time was of the essence, and that they needed to take action right away.
“I just bought a house and there is a pit bull chained up in the basement,” the new owner told staff at Stray Rescue of St. Louis. “I’m not sure how long it’s been down there.”
They contacted the local rescue authority, and volunteers rushed to the scene to rescue the poor abandoned pup, who could not be happier to see them. “When we opened the door to the basement and shined our flashlight down, we saw a wagging tail,” Natalie Thomson, the group’s communications director, told The Dodo.
“She was nearly choking herself as she was so excited to see us. When we freed her, she couldn’t stop jumping up and down and giving hugs.”
Obviously, it will fill all of us with joy that the dog was able to be saved, and that she was so very happy to be rescued from the basement. However, in situations like this, the happiness is always tinged with anger – I mean, who the hell could do something like this? Abandoning a beautiful animal like that is the lowest of the low.
So who are these heartless people, who chose to leave a life behind, all alone and unable to fight for its survival? Well, it was not the previous owners of the house. It turns out that a squatter had been occupying the property, and had left behind a load of garbage and other stuff, as well as the dog.
Nobody knows who the squatter was, or why they chose to leave behind such a precious pup, but one thing’s for sure – it was a reprehensible thing to do.
The dog wouldn’t have survived much longer without being found as there was no food or water bowl for her.
Her exuberant personality and the sheer joy she showed at being rescued led to her being named ‘Jumping Bean’, which I think it a great name.
For a dog that has gone through the traumatic experience of being abandoned and left to die, Jumping Bean has a remarkable spirit.
“Her personality is completely adorable,” Thomson said. “She loves everyone she meets and craves attention. She makes sure she is not ignored! She’s an energetic and very affectionate pup! She is so happy all the time.”
As far as I’m concerned, happy friendly dogs like Jumping Bean make life worthwhile. Which makes it even more baffling that someone could just leave Jumping Bean down there in that dingy basement.
You can see just how happy she was to be rescued in the video below:
Thank goodness that Jumping Bean was found, and that her story had a happy ending. However, it could have been so much worse for the little pup, and sadly, this happens to countless animals across the world every day. That’s why it’s important to keep a look out for cases such as this, and contact your local animal rescue authority if you suspect that something is wrong.
Rescue animals are far more intelligent than we give them credit for – they know that they’ve been rescued, and they will always be incredibly grateful to their new owners once they give them a new home! So please, if you’re planning to get a dog, make it a rescue dog.
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