Staff at the Columbus County Animal Shelter in the state of North Carolina have seen all sorts of things. But they witnessed something recently that was new to them. There were dogs out in the yard at the shelter and when the staff looked out, they realized they had never seen one of the dogs out there. The yard is fenced, so all they could guess was that someone came by and threw a dog over the fence and then left. Not only that, but the dog they threw over the fence was in horrible shape. The staff named the dog Sully, and he was painfully thin—so much so you could see all the bones in his body. He was also anemic, had heartworm, and had a skin infection and a tick disease.
The shelter was already full of dogs like Sully who needed help, so they did what anyone would do: they shared his story on social media and asked for help. Luckily, someone stepped up to help Sully. A woman who is a foster mother for Hope Animal Rescue named Anne Mellon saw Sully’s story and it broke her heart. So, Anne and her roommate decided to foster Sully and he was pulled from the shelter and came to their home. It was clear that he had suffered horrible neglect, but he was very sweet with them. Anne says he just seemed so grateful to be in a loving home. He would lay his head on her lap and his tail never stopped wagging and as time went on, his personality began to emerge.
Sully gained weight and received treatment for his medical issues and that’s when he became playful, would run around with toys and even began to howl when he was excited. He was acting and looking like a brand-new dog—a healthy dog. Once he healed completely, he was put up for adoption and quickly adopted by a woman named Melissa who loves to take him to the beach, go for walks, and of course plenty of naps.