Missing Dog Found in Basement of Abandoned Home

April Livingston | May 7th, 2018

Hearing the bark of a dog coming from the old house was not uncommon for neighbors. The abandoned home had, for some reason, become a place where people dumped dogs. Once the barking began, someone in the community typically worked to contact animal control to help the dog. This time was no exception; the loud barking continued day and night until someone did something. When animal control arrived, they found a St. Bernard that was around five years old that had been locked in the dark basement with no food or water and no stairs to get out.

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DDR//Facebook
DDR//Facebook

Detroit Animal Control, along with the Detroit Land Bank Authority arrived quickly at the home, but soon realized it was going to be difficult to get the dog out. Detroit Dog Rescue (DDR) also pitched in to help, and the groups worked together to get the dog out of the basement and straight to the vet for medical care. He was very dehydrated and sick and was approximately 40 pounds underweight for his large breed. He was rescued just in time.

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DDR//Facebook

Stranger still, the dog had a collar on and was very sweet and well-behaved, despite being in such a dire condition. They began to slowly feed the dog so his system would not be overwhelmed, and they administered fluids to help with dehydration. He had been chewing on wood scraps and was very hungry. The dog, who is named Bentley, was posted to the DDR Facebook page and that is when something amazing happened: his family recognized him. Bentley had been stolen from his family’s backyard and they had desperately trying to locate him for over a month. Bentley is now slowly healing and getting back to his old self, and now he’s back with the family who loves him and missed him so much while he was missing.

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