A homeless man in South Los Angeles, California found a nailed-shut doghouse in the road – and when a rescue organization pried the house open, two mournful eyes gazed out.
ABC 7 News reported yesterday that Willis Rollins, who is homeless and lives near 83rd St. and Grand Ave., spotted the doghouse earlier this week – and the nailed shut structure sat for three days before an LAPD Sergeant notified Ghetto Rescue FFoundation, a local rescue organization.
Ghetto Rescue FFoundation (GRFF) dubbed the dog “Walter Worthy Higgins,” with an emphasis on Worthy, as in “Worthy of love,” explained Alison Featherstone with GRFF. The organization posted on its Facebook page yesterday:
Walter Worthy Higgins is receiving medical treatment and we will pick him up when his ‘hold’ is up. If anyone attempts to claim him as their dog they will have a lot if explaining to do, and we all know no one will claim him. Our volunteer saw an extremely sad, terrified and clearly abused dog. Dogs like Walter bring awareness to the plight of street dogs and abused dogs we encounter. We now wait while our volunteers, police and fire folks continue our daily efforts to help street dogs.
According to Alison Featherstone with GRFF, “He was just cowering in the back. His head was down. He was pushed so far into the wall. It was almost like he was trying to run, but there was nowhere else he could go. He just looked like a defeated dog.”
Walter had been nailed inside the doghouse bore the scars of long-term abuse: His body was covered with scars and wounds, including infected bite wounds on his legs. The 57-pound Shepherd/Chow mix, who is believed to be three years old, was afraid when an animal control officer tried to remove him from the doghouse.
Even though the officer pulled hard on Walter to remove him, the terrified, abused dog never barked or bit his rescuers. Walter’s wounds were so painful, though, that he had to be sedated for treatment.
Sadly, Walter’s story is not unique: Rollins has seen many other animals abandoned in this same area.
[There was] a Rottweiler in a basket dead two weeks ago, upside down dead,” Rollins said.
GRFF is comprised of LAPD police officers, firefighters, and animal lovers who step in to save at-risk animals. Please join Seattle Pets Examiner in thanking GRFF for its lifesaving work.
Walter is recovering from his ordeal, but once he’s fully healed, he’ll be looking for a new home – and a family that truly makes him know that he’s worthy of their love.
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