The sound of a crying puppy in pain is not something anyone wants to hear, but that’s exactly what a good Samaritan in northern Minnesota heard recently. The horrible sound went on and on, so the kind soul went outside to investigate the source. When the person came up the source of the pleas and cries, they found a small 4-month-old Shepherd mix puppy in tremendous pain. On closer inspection, it seemed as though the helpless animal was left there for weeks.

The fact that the innocent pup was crying meant he was alive, but barely. The pup, named Baylor, was found in a window well with something wrapped tightly around his abdomen. As the kind person moved closer, that’s when the tie-out cable was found wound tightly around the pup’s abdomen. The cord was embedded into his waist and caused severe trauma to his stomach. Sadly, rescuers believe this evil act was done on purpose.

“Baylor’s mother stood by watching as if to protect him from any further harm,” according to a Facebook post from the Animal Humane Society. “She’d likely been feeding him so he could survive.” Baylor was rushed to a nearby veterinarian who was able to remove the cable. Baylor required urgent specialized care to repair the extensive damage to his growing organs. Unfortunately, as the investigation was launched, the rescue group discovered it wasn’t the first time animal cruelty occurred at the residence where Baylor was found.

The lower abdominal skin of Baylor was repaired and his urinary functions were restored. The vets knew what to do despite the surgery being rare, and Baylor survived. Now in foster care, he is recuperating but has a long road to travel. Through stories like this one, I Love My Dog hopes to encourage people to speak up and spread the word about animal abuse. Let’s work together to change this.

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