Belky, a 15-year-old Australian shepherd, was abandoned on the side of Michigan’s Interstate 696 earlier this year, according to the BISSELL Pet Foundation.
A concerned citizen observed the dog wandering alone on the side of the roadway and called the Saginaw Police Department, who reported the incident to Saginaw County Animal Care & Control (SCACC). The SCACC dispatched rescuers to Belky’s location as soon as they learned of his predicament.
Disappointingly, the rescuers discovered Belky in poor condition. Not only was the senior dog discarded, but she was also excessively overweight and covered in maggots.
Rescuers returned Belky to the SCACC, where she was treated for her health concerns and put on a regimen to help her reduce weight safely.
Belky’s care was finally taken over by the Humane Society of Midland County in Midland, Michigan.
Casey Nicholson, the communications coordinator at Humane Society of Midland County, said,
“We saw Belky on the Saginaw County Animal Care Facebook page before the visit and promised to take her and give her a second chance if she had a good quality of life. We met a dog with a bright light in her eyes that wanted so badly to be loved and given a second chance.”
Belky was ready for a new beginning after receiving some TLC and losing a few pounds.
The BISSELL Pet Foundation held an emergency “Empty the Shelters” adoption event in August, with the goal of finding homes for elderly animals and other difficult-to-adopt dogs.
Belky was one among the 1,805 dogs adopted as part of this event, and he now lives with Breanna Dalton.
Dalton initially saw Belky on the Humane Society of Midland County’s Facebook page and knew she was the dog for her. This bond only grew stronger once the animal lover met the puppy in person.
Belky quickly adjusted to her new home with Dalton and now spends her days snuggling with her toys, going on daily walks, and sleeping on her orthopedic bed.