Two men had to hold this daring animal rescuer in India by his ankles as he investigated whatever was making the wretched noises coming from a disgusting underground septic tank. What he soon discovered, which sparked a race against time, will break your heart.
Animal Aid Unlimited is an animal welfare organization that rescues sick and injured animals from the streets of Udaipur, a popular tourist city in the Indian state of Rajasthan. When it was notified of strange moaning sounds coming from a sewage tank rescuers were quick to respond.
When the rescuers arrived on the scene they spoke with the two men who noticed the odd noises. They pointed to the source of the sounds: a filthy underground sewage tank that had a small surface-level opening.
As one rescuer crouched down beside the tank he began to hear the strange cries and moans. It was clear that a distressed animal was stuck inside this most wretched of confined spaces.
As he peered inside he could only see the poor creature’s head struggling to stay above the contaminated water. It was obvious that the animal would drown if it didn’t receive immediate help.
Without any time to waste the rescue worker told the men to hold him by his ankles so he could lower himself through the tank’s tiny opening. One can only imagine the horror of going headfirst into this slimy hellhole.
With the men holding him firmly the rescuer was able to reach down and grab the suffering animal from the sewage. As he emerged with the creature in his arms it became apparent what was making all the noise: a small puppy.
The rescuers immediately dried off the wet and disoriented pup with a towel. His body was clearly in shock from the ordeal; the animal was lying seemingly motionless by the side of the road.
The rescuers were quick to drive the dog back to the animal shelter to receive emergency medical attention. Judging by his stiff limbs and bloody sores the pooch had spent quite some time struggling to survive in the tank.
After putting bandages on his wounds the rescuers let the puppy rest and warm up. For the first time since he was rescued the little animal appeared relaxed.
Later on the recovering puppy was given intravenous therapy to restore his fluids. Afterwards he was finally able to get up and start moving, whereupon he cautiously examined his surroundings.
The dog’s impressive recovery was even more apparent by the second day, when he started to walk around with his mouth open and tongue hanging out. Such behavior is indicative of a calm and comfortable dog.
Quite possibly for the first time in his life, this previously anxious puppy didn’t have to worry about finding food. Not only was fed regularly; he was safe, too. No longer did he have to contend with the worries of living on the street.
Despite the puppy’s fast recovery, however, he still harbored a very real fear of humans. This is a common trait in street dogs because their day-to-day encounters with people are overwhelmingly negative.
But the dog’s rescuers were determined to prove that they meant him no harm. They started by slowly hand feeding him in a bid to earn his trust. The pup’s apprehension was clear as he gave them worried glances and took a few steps back after taking the food.
His fear of people was even more apparent when the rescue workers tried to pet him. The puppy was visibly uncomfortable as he brought his ears down, turned his head to one side and tried to back away.
But after being shown nothing but affection the puppy gradually became accustomed to his newfound caretakers. Instead of squirming he started to look as though he was actually enjoying being petted.
The little guy’s transformation was nothing short of amazing. It wasn’t long before he looked vibrant and carefree – and it was all thanks to the dedication shown by his rescuers and caretakers at Animal Aid Unlimited.
Animal Aid was founded in 2002 by a family from Seattle who were astounded at the sickly state of some of India’s street animals. The organization has since rescued many dogs and other animals from dire situations.
Once he’s completely healthy this puppy will be released back into his local district. This may sound unfair but it’s all but impossible, sadly, for street dogs to be adopted owing to how many there are. Many, in fact, are able to live relatively healthy lives on the streets. Let’s hope this lucky little pup is one of them.