VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) — Katie is a calm, loving dog that now gets a second chance at a happy life.
She’s looking much better than just a week ago, when she was found tied to a pole and left out in the cold in Brunswick, Virginia.
“If you look at that picture of her tied up like that it’s enough to break your heart, I broke down when I saw it,” said Pauline Cushman, founder of Hope for Life Rescue.
Katie was going to be euthanized, but word got around to Cushman, and Katie got a second chance at life in Virginia Beach.
“We had her go straight to her foster home because we knew she was in bad shape, gave her a few days in the foster home and then scheduled the vet appointment,” Cushman said.
Katie has a bunch of medical issues she has to overcome.
“She’s only two or three years old, so she’s young, she’s heartworm positive, and lyme positive those are all tick borne diseases and her teeth are down to nothing from trying to get out of a cage,” Cushman said.
But Cushman says she’s lucky they found her in time so she didn’t die out in the cold.
10 On Your Side also spoke with Virginia’s Attorney General Mark Herring.
With another round of cold weather coming our way, he put out a warning to pet owners.
“As this cold snap approaches Virginia, I’m reminding folks to not only prepare for themselves and their friends and families but don’t forget your pets and animals,” said Herring.
Leaving an animal out in the cold can be considered animal cruelty.
Herring created the nation’s first Animal Law Unit in 2015 to serve as a prosecutions and training recourse for state agencies.
He says to date they’ve dealt with hundreds of different animal cases.
“The unit is there to help provide support for animal control officers, commonwealth’s attorneys and other advocates around the state,” Herring said.
Herring says if someone sees an animal outside suffering, they can either try to talk with their neighbor or call animal control.
“They’re trained to talk with pet owners about the importance of caring for their animal,” he said.
As for Katie, she’ll be healing in a warm loving foster home.