For the initial period of her existence, suffering was the one thing that Miley the dog knew. Born and grown up in a dog-fighting ring close to Austin, Texas, Miley was forced to be a bait dog. Her mouth was constantly taped closed and barbed wire was strongly wrapped around her neck while she endured the continuous strikes.
Thereafter, in July 2017, she was dumped on the road with serious injuries on her back leg. Despite that she was just one year old, she had experienced unthinkable abuse.
Those were the distressing facts that vets gathered after they analyzed every single scar on her fragile body. The doctors weren’t there to view exactly what went down, however, the marks revealed every aspect of the pup’s mistreatment.
Miley was found by an animal control officer, who later shared a picture of her on the web asking for help, given that the local shelter couldn’t manage to pay for her back leg amputation. That’s when Amanda Holley saw the picture on Facebook, and immediately picked up Miley that day. The pooch was free from danger for the very first time in her lifetime.
“She wouldn’t even make eye contact and just kept staring out the side of her crate,” Holley shared. “I went out and bought her a stuffed hedgehog, and when I gave it to her, she looked at me as if it was the greatest kindness ever bestowed on her. From that moment on, she made eye contact and would take meds from my hand. She changed my life in a matter of hours.”
With the help of kind donations from the community, the funds for Miley’s operation were brought together within a couple of days. Even though Miley would reside with a foster family after her procedure, Holley made sure to stay in contact. And that moment arrived only a couple of months afterwards when Miley’s foster family unexpectedly had to relocate. She contacted Holley, who by this time had relocated from Austin to Baltimore, Maryland. Holley planned out to get Miley moved to Baltimore — and she arrived home a few days before Christmas.
“I only had her for 24 hours that one day [when she was first rescued] and I had no idea if she would remember me,” Holley shared. “She wouldn’t stop wagging her tail and was so excited to see me again.”
With her fresh start in life, Miley is passionate about all things. Even though she’s still learning how to use toys, she enjoys being around other pets and humans. Holley says that “Miley’s favorite thing to do is meet people” and that she has already made a lot of friends, both dogs and people. “She won’t go many steps on our walks without saying hello to someone.”
Although she was raised in an environment in which people and other dogs just hurt her, it’s obvious that Miley only wanted to find somebody who loved her.
“Miley is Wonder Woman in a dog’s body,” Holley shared. “She is living proof of the principle that only love can save the world.”
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