It’s very obvious that some people should never come anywhere near animals. Lourens van Wyk is a retired pastor living in Cape Town, South Africa, and he made a horrifying discovery when he driving by some railroad tracks.
He suddenly spotted a weird and mysterious plastic bag and decided to take a closer look because he didn’t trust the situation. The man expected to find an abandoned baby in there, but he found something else entirely.
In the bag was an extremely abused pup, completely tied up with shoelaces. He couldn’t move or bark and could barely breathe.
He immediately took the pup – who was later named Trax – and got him to a veterinarian as soon as possible.
The former pastor reached out the Helderberg Animal Welfare Society outside of the city, where Trax would be able to get all the medical help he desperately needed. It’s truly despicable how someone would even think of using shoelaces to abuse this cute little pup.
Laurens decided that it would be too dangerous to untie the shoelaces by himself, as the dog was clearly in much pain. Luckily, the vets and volunteers over at the welfare society were able to untangle Trax out of his predicament.
“A little update on Trax – the doggy who arrived at our kennels yesterday after being rescued off the train tracks, in a plastic bag with his mouth and 4 feet tied together. After cutting all the ropes off him, our vet examined him and he got a thorough health check,” the animal organization wrote on their Facebook page.
As a result of the horrible abuse, the four-footer also suffered from a slight head twitch as well as a mange.
The vets assumed that Trax was heavily beaten on his head and has suffered from concussions in the past.
The volunteers and crew members over at the animal center gave him some tender loving care for a couple of days, and Trax slowly but surely started improving. In fact, the pup started showing his loving personality traits and definitely enjoyed hanging around with his new human friends.
“Besides the fact that he has mange and is covered in sores, scabs and wounds- he is otherwise healthy. He is still quite young. He has had a warm bath, is eating very well, and is responding so nicely to all the TLC and love we are giving him! He loves to be with us and likes to gently paw us for some extra attention. His tail is wagging a little and we know he feels safe, relaxed and loved. He spent most of today sleeping in his bed (under 2 blankets) so has really been snug and warm in this cold weather!”
The rescuers then treated Trax for a couple of more weeks until he was finally healthy and emotionally ready to be put up for adoption. The pup was still a bit timid, but he definitely started to open up to people he knew.
“He is such a special little chap with a very loving heart and we are so glad we have had the privilege of getting to know him!”
Even though Trax was found alongside those tracks a couple of years ago, the animal organization never lost touch with the pup. In fact, they even recently posted a couple of fantastic pictures of Trax hanging around with his new family.
This pup has been through some terrible abuse, but the rescuers are definitely glad that he finally found his loving forever home. What a sweet rescue story!
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A little update on Trax – the doggy who arrived at our kennels yesterday after being rescued off the train tracks, in a…