A Marine Spotted This Starved Pit Bull Chained To A Dumpster And Knew He Had To Help

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When Jaryd Horsley decided to follow the haunting noise outside his apartment block, he had no idea what he would find. As he got closer to the dumpster, though, he was sure something was in there. Then when he lifted the lid, something simultaneously let out a blood-curling scream. At that point, Horsley knew he had to do something.

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As a U.S. Marine, Horsley is often away from home. So in December 2016 he was no doubt happy to be spending time at home with his fiancée Jessica Vargas. The couple live in an apartment in Talmadge, California.

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During that time, however, Horsley was returning home at around 2:00 a.m. when an unusual noise stopped him in his tracks. Indeed, the strange sound startled the Marine. According to him, the heart-wrenching cry sounded like a “scared animal.”

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So Horsley decided to investigate. In the dark, he tracked the noise to an area surrounding his apartment block’s dumpster. And, without thinking, he lifted the lid. Almost at the same time, a creature let out a loud growl.

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And at that moment, Horsley noticed the dog tied tightly to the dumpster. Upon closer inspection, moreover, the Marine saw that the pit bull’s short leash prevented her from even sitting down. The tragic sight broke the marine’s heart.

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Horsley quickly rushed inside and told Vargas what had happened. Then, in the dead of night, the couple returned to feed the starving dog some leftover chicken. Needless to say, Vargas couldn’t believe her eyes.

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“She was abandoned,” she would write on a GoFundMe page in 2016. “The heartless person that left her in the dark on a cold night of December made sure that she could not escape and that she was hidden.” The couple couldn’t believe that someone could be so cruel.

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And both Horsley and Vargas were desperate to help, even if the traumatized pit bull’s aggressive behavior made it difficult. “The scared dog was growling, and we thought she would bite us,” Vargas wrote on her crowdfunding page.

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“I threw a small piece of chicken, but the dog was tied up so tight to the dumpster that she could not reach the food,” she added. “When we thought it was safe to get close, we started to pet her. It was so difficult to untie her since she could not breathe even if I pulled slightly.”

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Once the couple had untied the dog, though, they brought her into the safety of their apartment. And now that they could get a proper look at her, they could see that the animal was in a bad way. In particular, she was significantly malnourished and her fur was falling out in clumps.

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Already falling in love, though, the couple nicknamed the dog Phoebe and let her sleep in their apartment. And later that morning, they took her to a nearby veterinary clinic. Vets duly tested Phoebe and gave her some injections and ointments for her skin problem. Unfortunately, though, the treatment was expensive.

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“Jaryd, being in the Marine Corps, and myself, being a junior college student with a part-time job, did not have enough money to do all the procedures she needed,” Vargas explained on GoFundMe in 2016. “We tried to get as much done as we could, costing us about $300.” However, Phoebe needed yet more treatment if she was to make a full recovery.

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And, of course, besides being apparently undernourished, the eight-month-old pup was losing her fur. The vets explained that Phoebe had a skin infection that was causing the hair loss as well as painful sores.

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Additionally, Phoebe was also suffering from a heart condition – one that could potentially kill the dog if she didn’t receive the treatment she needed. This left the young couple with a dilemma. They wanted to help the dog, but their finances restricted them.

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But as they were unable to give up on the gentle creature that had already touched their hearts, Vargas set up a crowdfunding page. She hoped to find $1,700 to pay for the tests and medication Phoebe needed.“Jaryd and I ask for a small donation from you to help this lovely dog have a chance at life after being neglected by her past family,” the student wrote on the GoFundMe page.

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Soon donations began flooding in. And within a few weeks the couple had surpassed their target and had more than $4,000 to help Phoebe. As part of the heartwarming response, moreover, some people offered words of reassurance to the kind strangers.

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“My husband and I adopted a dog who had a heart murmur and was only expected to live 3-5 years,” one donor revealed. “He lived to be 11 and our vet said it had to be the love we gave him. I wish you the best with Phoebe.”

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Now that they had the funds to help Phoebe, then, Horsley and Vargas returned to the vet. And they were delighted to learn that the pup had gained an impressive ten pounds since her rescue. Finally, the vets could schedule her in for the lifesaving treatment she needed.

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And once she had her healthcare organized, all Phoebe needed was a forever home. Of course, she had already found the perfect mom and dad. Indeed, Horsley and Vargas were so in love with the pup that they decided to keep her as their own.

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“We will keep her and love her for the rest of her life. She deserves this and so much more,” Vargas revealed on her GoFundMe page. And, for his part, Horsley only wanted the best for Phoebe. “I just want her to be happy, be comfortable and have a good life, no matter how long it is,” he told ABC 10 News.

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