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A dog named Frodo was found wandering the streets all alone in Croatia. Frankly, his appearance was frightening, through no fault of his own. Thankfully, some people who had noticed Frodo contacted Klaudija Sigurnjak, a veteran animal rescuer.
Sigurnjak has a lot of experience with animals but she was even shocked when she first laid eyes on Frodo. The poor dog was severely emaciated, had severe mange, and swollen eyes.
In spite of her experience, Sigurnjak had never seen anything like him. She immediately decided to rescue Frodo and worked hard to gain his trust. First, she brought him in for medical treatment.
The veterinarian assessed the “scary” looking dog. He recommended that Frodo’s infected right eye should be removed. But the good news was that his left eye could be saved! The poor dog, so severely under-weight, also had a bad flea and tick infestation. The medical team went to work on Frodo right away.
Some thought Frodo wouldn’t even survive. His infections were severe plus he was so frail but in time, the little dog proved that he’s a class-a warrior! He fought hard! And before long, his infections began to heal, his coat came back in more beautiful than ever.
Sigurnjak couldn’t believe her eyes! She was so relieved and elated– the once scary-looking street dog looked like a million bucks! His health was getting so much better. You know what that meant? YUP! Frodo was put up for adoption!
Marko Duspara and his wife took one look at Frodo’s photo and fell in love with him instantly. The adoption went through and Frodo joined their family.
Frodo now lives a wonderful life. He spends much of his time running around the park and getting lots of love and affection from his new parents.
You see, Frodo was always beautiful. He just needed a helping hand!
*Photos courtesy of Klaudija Sigurnjak and Marko Duspara
Dunn was on a solo adventure when suddenly, deep in the woods, he heard a dog crying. That sound broke his heart! “It’s sound you don’t like to hear,” Joe Dunn told WFLA. “Really disturbing, makes you really sad to hear.”
Dunn knew he had to investigate. There, in the Withlacoochee State Forest, was a cave in the middle of nowhere. Dunn explains, “It was unbelievable going out there, just a cave in the middle of the wilderness. It took several miles to hike out there.”
The cries were coming from a dog trapped deep inside a cave in the ground. There was no way he could save her on his own. The distressed dog saw Dunn and tried to get his attention. She knew he was her last hope. But she was deep in the ground and without the proper gear, he could not save her.
Dunn took to social media. He explained that he needed backup and some gear to get her out. “A great group of people contacted me who wanted to help out and we went back out there today to get the dog out of the cave,” he wrote on Facebook.
The group that was eager to help included experts in “technical stage rigging” who traveled across Central Florida to assist.
The dog in need was trapped 20 feet down. One of the rescuers fastened a harness around her. She was then pulled up to safety. Amazingly, she knew she was being rescued and cooperated the entire time.
“The dog was so happy,” Dunn said. “She just rolled around on the grass, wanting her belly rubbed. She was the happiest animal I’ve ever seen.”
The rescue team looked at the dog’s collar and saw that her name is Sally. The poor pup went missing an entire month earlier. They believe she was stuck in the cave most of the time. Thanks to Dunn and some dog-loving friends, Sally is now back home with her family.
“Going through all this, it made me feel really rewarded, helping another life survive,” Dunn added. “To help something good happen in this world.”
Watch Sally’s heroic rescue in the video below.
Thank you, Joe, and all the kind folks who helped Sally. We are elated that she is safe! Scroll down for news footage on the dramatic rescue.