There has been a heatwave hitting most of the country, making areas like Arizona see temperatures of 111 degrees Fahrenheit. Being outdoors for even a few minutes can be dangerous for humans and animals alike, and could lead to heatstroke or sunburn—or even death. So, it was unimaginable that someone would leave a dog outdoors in such conditions, but that’s just what happened. A Chocolate Labrador mix was abandoned at a shelter in Scottsdale, Arizona recently. They tied him to a tree outside of Desert Tails Shelter, under a mesquite tree that provided very little shade.
So, the desperate dog did the one thing he could: he chewed through his leash to escape the brutal sun. A customer who was heading to the shelter’s grooming department spotted him, huddled against a wall trying to get into the shade. The woman assumed a dog had escaped the shelter, so she went to help the dog. She brought him inside and gave him water, which he quickly drank. The dog’s paws were burnt and his nose was raw, but he was otherwise a healthy dog. He did not have a microchip or any evidence of his life before being abandoned. The shelter decided to name him Chewy because of his heroic actions to save his own life.
Chewy is house trained and just loved to go for walks and spend time with other dogs. Staff placed him in the front of the shelter rather than in a kennel, where he can spend time with a mother dog and her puppies, who he loves. The staff says Chewy is a very sweet and well-behaved dog, which makes it baffling that someone would just abandon him outside on a hot day. Chewy is being held at the shelter in case someone comes forward to claim him, otherwise he will hopefully find a loving home soon!