The dog had been alone in the wood for days. She didn’t know what exactly to do, so she did the one thing she could: she barked. The three-year-old German Shepherd barked for hours and hours, until finally someone heard her and called for help. The dog had been tied up in the woods, dumped there with no water or food and no one to comfort her. A resident in the area finally called animal control and got in touch with a man named Alex Kelly. Alex is an animal control officer with Irvington Township in New Jersey. When he spoke with the person who called, they reported the dog had been barking for three days.
Alex rushed to the area because he knew the dog was in desperate need of help. When he first arrived, however, he did not see or hear a dog. He began to search the area and then suddenly a brown furry head poked out of the vegetation. No one in the apartment complex nearby knew about the dog: whose its owner was, where it came from: no one wanted to get involved. Alex decided to rescue the dog, who he found tied to a large tree with a cable. The dog was sitting on a trash pile, with only an old plastic crate and empty bowls nearby. Worse yet, the cable was tightly wrapped around the dog’s rear leg. He had arrived just in time, as the cable was tight enough to cut off circulation but it hadn’t gotten that bad yet.
At first, the dog was wary of her rescuer. He moved slowly and calmly, then wrapped a snare around a neck so he could free her from the cable she was tied to near the tree. Then, he threw away the plastic crate and bowls so no one else could dump a dog in the woods. He took her to a nearby shelter, then she was transferred to the Associated Humane Popcorn Park Shelter, where she is working on trusting people, and getting healthy after her ordeal.