Dempsey was just 7 months old when he was tied to a pole outside a drugstore in Georgia.
His owner wasn’t inside shopping.
And, to be honest, not a lot of people who passed by this puppy wanted to get close to him.
You see, Dempsey looked like this:
Someone finally called animal control about the abandoned puppy, and Dempsey began a stint at the Dekalb County Animal Services.
At the time, he suffered from severe mange and an eye infection.
But Dempsey wasted no time in touching hearts at the shelter. Staff there reached out to Friends to the Forlorn Pitbull Rescue, a group of volunteers based in Atlanta.
“He was a giant, bloody scab,” Stacey Greenwald, a volunteer with the group, tells The Dodo.
For Greenwald, who has been rescuing dogs for the last seven years, the most important treatment came naturally.
Love was the ultimate restorative.
And Dempsey soaked up every drop of it.