Every year, there are a handful of rescues that capture the heart of our community. Raine’s story is one of them.
This adorable puppy spent his first few months suffering through a life of abuse and cruelty, as he was nearly beaten to death with a metal pipe.
After spending weeks searching for the source of heartbreaking howls and cries, a brave Good Samaritan alerted the Tempe Police Department to Raine’s situation. The 4-month-old Golden Retriever, along with two cats found in the same home, also suffering from medical conditions, were rescued by law enforcement and transferred to AHS’ Second Chance Animal Trauma Hospital™.
Our medical team determined that one cat was suffering from a severely painful mouth, while the other had a ruptured eye that sadly needed to be surgically removed. One of AHS’ longtime rescue partners, Rescuing Animals in Need (RAIN), eventually took both cats into their care, and we are extremely grateful for their support and partnership.
Raine had soft tissue swelling, bruising and lacerations from the trauma, but thankfully there was no significant skull damage. After spending several weeks recovering in the care of one of our compassionate foster heroes, the playful pup was ready for a permanent home. This time, with another hero – the Good Samaritan who helped rescue him and save his life.
The suspect in this case was arrested and charged with two counts of animal cruelty, including one felony count. And while the legal process can be lengthy, the Good Samaritan in this case was instrumental in obtaining video/audio footage that we hope will result in a felony conviction. This story of survival is a reminder of how you are helping to save lives. Your support makes it possible for our medical team, staff and volunteers to provide Raine, the two cats and thousands of other animals just like them with a second chance at happiness.
Also, remember, if you see or hear something, please speak up and report animal abuse. They depend on us, and we depend on the community to help be their voice. If you see signs of animal cruelty, call 911 or AHS’ emergency field dispatch line at 602.997.7585 ext. 2073.