This incident took place in Houston when an internet user decided to exploit the misery of a homeless dog for internet fame. A photo of the emaciated and dirty dog was posted on social media with a mocking comment: «Ha-Ha. Just look, we have a charred dog here.»
However, the reaction from the public and animal activists was immediate and harsh. The post’s author regretted his actions and apologized, but while he was trying to make a «joke,» the dog in the photo was living in terrible conditions.
Activists quickly found the animal and took it to a veterinarian. They named the dog «Pumpkin» because of the color of its emaciated fur. The examination revealed that the dog’s fur wasn’t the only thing damaged; its back had chemical burn marks, and a bullet was lodged in the poor creature’s body.
Another shocking detail: Pumpkin turned out to be pregnant. Thus, all her suffering was happening while she was expecting puppies. Immediate intensive treatment began: sanitizing the fur and skin, removing the bullet, and providing nutritional supplements.
Soon, Pumpkin gave birth to a healthy puppy, which was also well taken care of and eventually adopted into a caring family. As for Pumpkin, her rehabilitation was taken on by Anna Barbosa, the head of an animal rescue program. Despite the long road to recovery, both the dog and her puppy were given a chance at a new life.
In the end, despite the initial negative context, the case drew attention to the issue of homeless animals and became a catalyst for good deeds.
Anna provided a cozy spot in her home for the young mother dog. She already had two other dogs in her home, also rescued and taken in by the kind-hearted owner. These pets quickly bonded with the newcomer.
Once it was clear that Pumpkin had adapted and recovered, another caring family was found for her. The head of this warm household was a woman named Kelly Williams.
Kelly’s home amazed with its spaciousness, featuring a huge yard and even a special dog pool. Prior to Pumpkin’s arrival, six other pets were living there. Each dog had its comfortable bed. They all lived in abundance, enjoying delicious food, plenty of toys, and active walks. The pets got along with each other and, as much as possible for such a large dog company, maintained order. When the weather got cold, they always had a cozy home with warmth from the fireplace waiting for them.
Now Pumpkin is doing wonderfully. Her difficult times are behind her, and she relishes the care and love that surround her. Pumpkin knows she’s lucky and appreciates every moment of her new life.