Animal Control Officers in Hazel Park Michigan found a dog tied to a fence next to a burned down building. She was in very bad shape.
The dog was extremely emaciated. Nobody knows how long she was tied to that fence, with no way to find food for herself. She suffered from heartworms, and had a tumor on her back leg.
Her injuries were so bad, it was hard to tell if she was a girl or boy.
Mike Diesel, founder of Detroit Youth and Dog Rescue, heard about the dog and knew he had to go get her out of there.
Mike is a natural with dogs. He has lots of experience getting them to trust him, even those who have been severely abused and mistreated.
When Mike went to get this dog, later named Lily, she took to him immediately. Somehow, she knew he was there to save her and wasn’t going to hurt her. She gave her heart to Mike, and has been attached to him ever since.
Mike took the dog straight to the animal hospital for treatment. The tumor turned out to be cancerous, but her immediate condition was so severe she required 24-hour care.
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