When rescuers arrived on the muddy field in the middle of winter, they couldn’t believe what they found. There, in the center of the grassland, was an abandoned cage. And, as they crept closer to the structure, they caught a glimpse of a half-frozen dog within.
In January 2017, Tunica Humane Society received a call about an abandoned animal. The shelter is based in Mississippi. As part of their work, staff rescue neglected and abandoned animals before finding them a forever home.
On this occasion, a stranger had tipped staff off about a dog they’d found in the middle of a field. And, when rescuers arrived on the scene, what they saw sickened them. There, on the soggy ground, was a cage.
And inside this makeshift prison was a tiny, shivering puppy. The only clue into how it got there was a set of tire marks leading away from the cage. It looked as though someone had dumped the poor creature and simply drove off.
There was no telling how long the poor pooch had been there, but rescuers believed she could have been stuck out all night. As rescuers got closer to the frightened pup, it was clear she was in a bad way. The desperate dog was soaking wet and covered in dirt. They could also see bite marks all over her severely malnourished body.
With no time to lose, the team transported the little dog back to the Tunica Humane Society shelter. Once there, staff gave her a much-needed meal and bathed her in warm water. After a while, the petrified little pooch began to thaw out.
The staff had no idea who could do something so cruel to the dog, who they named Melanie. However, they were certain that clues were out there in the local area. “Someone in Tunica County knows something about this,” read a post on the Humane Society’s Facebook page in January 2017. “Someone knows this little dog.”
But while some at the shelter focused on catching the heartless culprits, others got to work finding Melanie foster care. They contacted Elizabeth Tucker. Tucker was known as “Mama Liz” at the organization because of her work with rescue dog Buster Arlis.
The Tunica Humane Society had also rescued Buster before he went to live with Tucker. He was found close to death with his own collar lodged firmly in his neck. However, thanks to Tucker’s dedication, he’s now fit and healthy.
“Melanie needs a healing place. A loving place. A happy place. So I thought about Elizabeth and how she saw Buster through his darkest days,” revealed a post on the Tunica Humane Society Facebook page in January 2017. “Melanie is going to need the same kind of loving care,” it read.
“Not only will Melanie grow strong and healthy with Mama Liz, she will learn all kinds of ‘cool’ stuff from her mentor, Buster Arlis,” the post continued. “I am sure in just a few days Melanie will be bouncing off the walls. And the bed. And the furniture. Let the fun begin for this precious little dog.”
Indeed, with the help of Tucker and Buster, Melanie soon settled into her temporary home. Her foster family doted on her, spoiling her with ear strokes and bacon bits. Finally, the little pup was experiencing the warmth of human kindness.
And, now that she was safe, Melanie’s adorable personality began to shine through. “I will forever be amazed at a dog’s ability to forgive humans,” Tucker wrote on Facebook in January 2017. “This precious little baby dog has the sweetest spirit and wants so much to be loved.”
Melanie got stronger and stronger with every new day. And she learned to enjoy being outside once more after her awful ordeal. However, most of all, the little black and white dog loved to cause mischief with her big brother Buster.
And foster mom Tucker was amazed by Melanie’s progress. “I’ve known a bunch of pups in my life, and little Melanie might be the smartest one of them all,” she wrote on Facebook in February 2017. “She has already learned how to sit for a treat!”
“Some lucky human is going to hit the jackpot when they adopt Mels,” she continued. “As much as we love Melanie here at the homestead, we will love it even more when she finds her forever home.”
And it didn’t take long for the dog to get her lucky break. She had attended an adoption event with Tucker when she caught one family’s attention. “As her new humans set eyes on her, they knew they had to have her,” Tucker revealed. “The love they already have for our special little girl was written all over their faces. Louie, her new brother, was smitten too.”
“She’s going to be with us for another couple of days until she gets the all clear from the vet,” Tucker revealed. “But she has found her forever family and I am so super excited. She’s getting a pair of humans that totally understand that dogs rule.”
The good news was welcomed by Melanie’s many fans who had been following her story on social media. A Facebook post announcing her adoption was liked over 500 times. “I’m so happy that she found her forever family,” one of the many kind comments read. “I will greatly miss seeing post about her, she is just adorable.”
So, before too long, Melanie will be settling into her new forever home. The family had already adopted a dog from the Humane Society, so the little pup would be in excellent hands. And, one things for sure, she will never be left out in the cold ever again.