Many people out there treat their dogs like their children, but then there are others, who subjugate these sweet creatures to ᴇxᴛʀᴇᴍᴇʟʏ ɪɴʜᴜᴍᴀɴᴇ conditions. The dog, named Cala, was being ᴋᴇᴘᴛ as a guard dog by a mechanic living near San Jose, Costa Rica. However, the mechanic rarely gave Cala any food, and he didn’t take her to the ᴠᴇᴛ when she got sɪᴄᴋ. Cala’s health grew increasingly ᴡᴏʀsᴇ, and she struggled keep her head up. She even started having trouble ʙʀᴇᴀᴛʜɪɴɢ. If help didn’t come soon, Cala was going to ᴅɪᴇ. Fortunately for Cala, her sᴜꜰꜰᴇʀɪɴɢ had a positive end.
Concerned neighbors saw the conditions her owner had ᴋᴇᴘᴛ her in for years and reported them to the police as well as the animal sʜᴇʟᴛᴇʀTerritorio de Zaguates. When she was finally ʀᴇsᴄᴜᴇᴅ, Cala had to be ᴛʀᴇᴀᴛᴇᴅ for ᴇᴍᴀᴄɪᴀᴛɪᴏɴ, ᴡᴏᴜɴᴅs, and ᴍᴀʟɴᴜᴛʀɪᴛɪᴏɴ. Lya Battle, founder of Territorio de Zaguates said:” The picture I first saw of her showed a ᴘɪᴛɪꜰᴜʟ creature ʀᴏʙʙᴇᴅof its dignity and ready to give up — a dog whose spirit had been broken and was just waiting for the ᴇɴᴅ to come while living a ɴᴇᴠᴇʀ-ᴇɴᴅɪɴɢ ɴɪɢʜᴛᴍᴀʀᴇ. The humans around her still had to ᴄᴀᴜsᴇher ᴘᴀɪɴthrough the curing of her ᴡᴏᴜɴᴅs, especially the ɢᴀsʜ in her ɴᴇᴄᴋ ᴄᴀᴜsᴇᴅ by years of ʜᴀɴɢɪɴɢ from a tight metal chain around her neck. Nursing her was as ᴘᴀɪɴꜰᴜʟ for her as it was for us, but eventually she understood that after the ᴘᴀɪɴcame love and treats, so she learned to deal with it like a champ.”
At first, Cala didn’t like the other dogs at the sanctuary, which led Battle to believe Cala had never encountered other dogs, or she’d been trained to ᴀᴛᴛᴀᴄᴋ them. But Cala slowly began to trust the other dogs — as well as the people. Lya Battle said “We saw Cala go from a ᴡᴇᴀᴋ, ꜰᴇᴇʙʟᴇ animal, too depressed to care, to a stronger creature willing to stand up for herself. With time, we also got to see that willful creature incorporate play and goofiness into her daily routine. With every day that passed, we saw more of her personality come through. She went from fearing humans to trusting them and even ‘bugging’ them for attention.”
Even after her ʀᴇsᴜᴇ Cala would come to ᴇɴᴅᴜʀᴇ more ᴀʙᴜsᴇ at the hands of humans. In June, people snuck into the sanctuary in an attempt to ᴋɪʟʟ some of the dogs with ᴘᴏɪsᴏɴ sausages. While 16 of the dogs ᴅɪᴇd, this tenacious pup sᴜʀᴠɪᴠᴇᴅ. Battle said this was probably in part due to her size and although she sᴜꜰꜰᴇʀᴇᴅ some ɴᴇᴜʀᴏʟᴏɢɪᴄᴀʟ problems Cala’s health returned. Today Cala is living with a host family and has learned to get along with new humans and dogs alike.
Battle said:” After years of ɴᴇɢʟᴇᴄᴛ, ᴛᴏʀᴛᴜʀᴇ, and ɪᴍᴘʀɪsᴏɴᴍᴇɴᴛ, 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 ʀᴇsᴄᴜᴇ is an epic battle of good against bad and of hate against love, and in the end, as it always does, love wins.”