When an animal rescuer was alerted that there was an abandoned Husky residing at a garbage dump, he found a horrifyingly sick and mangy dog who was too weak to stand up on her paws. After receiving medical attention and some love, the pitiful stray was transformed into a healthy, happy dog (video below).
In 2013, Eldad Hagar of Hope for Paws was notified by a good Samaritan that there was a stray Husky living at a Los Angeles trash heap. Arriving on the scene, he discovered that the abandoned dog was in heartbreaking condition.
Miley, the white Husky, was covered in scabs, her coat mottled with patches of skin fully exposed. Hagar approached the dog and gingerly fitted a leash around her neck after reassuring her with food and affection, Shareably reports.
"We spent quite a while on that pile of trash," Hagar recalled. "We spent more than an hour just to reassure her that everything will be fine because I wanted [this] to be a positive experience for her."
Hagar brought the malnourished canine back to his car. Relieved to swap the trash heap for a comfortable back seat, the Husky rested her head and swiftly fell asleep.
Miley was brought to an animal hospital, where she was treated for her mangy fur, parasites, and several bacterial infections. Exhausted by her ordeal, the Husky slept for three straight days during her hospital stay.
"Many people don't realize how exhausting it is to be a stray dog," Hagar explained. "You're always on alert because you don't know who's going to come behind you or who's going to attack you or who's going to be not kind to you."
Hagar decided to introduce Miley to Frankie, a Chihuahua he had rescued from a sewage tunnel. The two physically and emotionally wounded dogs immediately hit it off, nuzzling each other's snouts.
"These two creatures just bonded and became very good friends," Hagar said. "Frankie was licking [Miley's] wounds. It's so beautiful especially because he was so shut down himself."
After rehabilitation, Miley physically recovered from her traumatizing experience on the trash heap. Her destroyed fur grew out into a beautiful snowy coat.
In 2014, Miley was adopted by retired actress Toni Bua, a philanthropist who founded the Here's to Life Foundation to sponsor at-risk teens. The loving owner even wrote a screenplay about Miley's story, according to Los Angeles Times.
Sadly, Bua passed away in February 2016 after succumbing to breast cancer. Miley was taken into the care of The Fuzzy Pet Foundation (TFPF). In December 2016, the foundation noted that they had not finalized a home for the Husky yet because they wanted to be thorough in finding her a suitable owner.
"Miley has her own needs and we aren't going to drop her off at any random home and pat ourselves on the back," TFPF wrote on their official Facebook page. "Considering where was found (a trash dump) and the loss of her first mom, we have every reason to be picky about her ultimate forever home."
While Miley is still reportedly awaiting a permanent home, she has been rescued from a tragic fate through the kindness and dedication of animal rescuers. Here's hoping that her next family will give her the love and care that she deserves.