Many people love and treat their dogs like their children, and it’s how a pet should be treated. However, there are others who suppress these sweet beautiful creatures to extremely inhumane conditions.
One of those unfortunate pets was Cala, the guard-dog of a mechanic in Costa Rica. She was kept on a chain so short that she could barely breathe and she couldn’t even rest her head. The owner rarely fed her, and he had never taken her to the vet. Fortunately for Cala, it all ended up well for her.
When the neighbors saw the conditions the dog was kept for years, they reported him to the police and to an animal shelter called Territorio de Zaguates. Cala had to be treated for emaciation, wounds, and malnutrition when she was finally rescued.
The founder of Territorio de Zaguates is Lya Battle. She said that the picture she first saw of the dog showed a pitiful creature robbed of its dignity and ready to give up. Cala’s spirit had been broken and she was just waiting for the end to come for her, while living her never-ending nightmare. The healing process had been slow, and as Lya explains, “the humans around her still had to cause her pain through the curing of her wounds, especially the gash in her neck caused by years of hanging from a tight metal chain around her neck.”
Believe it or not, Cala’s abuse by humans did not end there. People snuck into the sanctuary back in June, and they attempted to poison some of the dogs with poison sausages. 16 of the dogs died, but Cala miraculously survived.
Cala is now living with a host family and she has learned to get along with the new humans and dogs.
“After years of neglect, torture, and imprisonment, Cala seems to be getting all the puppy misbehaving process out of her system and we all think that’s just fine. She is happy, strong, willful, a bit stubborn, and spoiled by her foster mom and family. This rescue is an epic battle of good against bad and of hate against love, and in the end, as it always does, love wins.” – Lya added.
Hundreds of dogs have been rescued and sheltered in Territorio de Zaguetes in Costa Rica, where they receive the treatment they deserve! Check out some of the amazing photos of Cala’s transformation, and feel free to share your thoughts in the comments.
People were absolutely infuriated to hear of Cala’s former abuse, even though her story has a happy end.