happyworld - Find Out The Fate Of This Neglected Pitbull After A Flock Of Vultures Started Circulating Her!

As pet owners, it is our rightful duty to protect and keep pets out of harm’s way. They rely on us to feed them, love them and take care of them. Do you think you could ever put your pets in danger? This story is about a dog that had been tied up, unable to move about, so much so that vultures began to hover around her. Do you think the dog made it or do you think she fell into the unmerciful clutches of these predators?

Confinement

Would you free a dog if you know that it has been caged and bound? Would you intervene if you are sure that it has been abandoned and left to die? Well, Little Lilo, the pit bull had been chained to a tree. She was left by her owners to stay out in the very cold weather. She did not have anyone to spend time with, using up her days trapped inside a plastic shelter they kept her in. The dog does not seem to even growl or show signs of complaining.

Vultures Arrive

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So if you have left a helpless pet outside for too long, something is bound to go wrong. Something did go wrong when the little pit bull had been staying outside for some time. An alarming number of vultures turned up near her doghouse. Maybe there was a vulture nest located close to the doghouse. We all know that vultures feed on their prey mercilessly. So what was going to happen to Lilo? Do you suppose she made it alive?

In North Carolina

The little dog had been kept like this unattended for so long that it was starting to summon attention from the neighbors. So by the December of 2014, the wardens from Guilford County Animal Control in Greensboro, North Carolina had been informed about the poor dog. The locals became a bit worried since the dog was obviously not in a safe situation.

Contacting Authorities

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The authorities were called since there were more and more people who saw that the little dog was not getting a proper treatment that a pet is supposed to get from their owners. So the local residents informed the workers that the pup had remained tied to a tree for a very long time now. They also added that it was kept in a plastic doghouse that she used as a shelter.

Not A Good Sight

So when the animal facility had been informed about poor Lilo’s state, they quickly grew concerned as well. , The state that the poor dog was in sounded really awful. But that was not all. There was another thing that was very dangerous present at the spot where the dog was trapped in. It was something that was truly terrifying and would cause any sane person to call for help.

Vultures On Duty

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The locals had already placed a call explaining just how badly the dog had remained neglected by her owners. It was already a concern for her well being. But the people also informed the authorities that there was a flock of vultures that had decided to loiter near the dog. It was clear that the birds were waiting for the poor dog to wither away so that they can devour her carcass.

Vulture Motives

If you do not know much about vultures, allow us to give you a little explanation. Vultures are scavengers, which basically means that their main food is dead animals. They rely on dead bodies of other animals as a source of nutrition and diet. But during the time when there is not a dead body or a carcass is to be found, these birds are known to target ailing or weak animals within their vicinity.

Signs of Weakness

So we can see from here that the dog was probably showing signs of dying or was getting weaker and weaker. It would not alarm the vultures if the dog was healthy and strong as they only feed on the dead. So it turns out that the possibility of the dog getting ripped apart by the raptors was highly probable. Would the dog be able to escape this or did the vultures have their way?

In Their Nature

We can tell that these birds would probably stay while and be around the dying animal because they are waiting for her to die. It would then give them a good chance of getting fed. They would get to pick the meat from her dead body. It is a very horrific thought but can you blame the vultures? It is in their nature to feed on the dead so the dog would have to wait and see what happens.

No Time To Lose

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So obviously just the mere thought of this would be a terrifying prospect. When the animals rescuers were called, they had no time to lose. If they were not quick to come and get the poor dog, then her fate would have turned to the worst. So the animal rescue team came rushing to the site. They could get there in time and the dog was still living and breathing. The canine was about to have quite an adventure in the future…

In Grave Threat

The people soon got to the place where the dog was tied up. They were glad to see that the dog was not dead yet but were still in shock to see the state she was in. It was definitely not a pretty sight. They discovered little Lilo tucked inside her plastic shed afraid to come out of where she felt most safe. There was a number of vultures in and around her plastic doghouse.

Encircling Lilo

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These vultures clearly did not seem to mind waiting if they were going to get to feast on the dog. Since the dog had been abandoned for so long, they were quite confident that she was going to die soon. Two of them were actually roosting on top of Lilo’s doghouse. The vultures made sure that the poor dog was confined and they maintained a good guard over her surroundings.

Remaining Unbothered

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There was another thing that really surprised the people that went to save the pit bull. It would be extremely scary for most animals to be surrounded by vultures that could any minute pounce on you. However, the eight-month-old dog apparently did not look like she noticed them also. It was as if she did not have a care in the world to have these thirsty vultures surround her.

A Disheartened Dog

The animal service team soon discovered that the dog had been immensely disheartened. It was as though poor Lilo had given up on her life, accepting the fact it was not going to get any better, any time soon. They felt like she had already lost all her hope to have a more comfortable life as being caged in that plastic doghouse had been her reality for far too long.

Taking Custody

After seeing the depressing state that the dog was in, the rescuers wanted to help make a change for little Lilo. They wanted to make sure that the dog got a future that she deserved. So what did they decide on doing next? Well, the animal rescue team took Lilo into their custody to keep her away from the vultures that were ready to prance on her. 

Note For Her Owner

But was she not owned by somebody else? Did Lilo not have an owner that was supposed to take care of her and keep her health in check? Well, the rescuers decided to leave a note on Lilo’s owner’s front door. They could not bear the sight nor the thought of the poor dog going through such a horrifying existence any longer. They took her away from the danger and threat that her owner left her in.

Left In A Bad State

When the animal welfare team took the little dog into their own hand, they ran some medical tests on her to see just how bad of a state she was in. They found her to be malnourished which was not all that surprising, after being left out in the open for so long. Little Lilo had a few tears come out and even had scabs on her ears with lesions on her tail.

No Complications

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All in all, Lilo was in a mildly okay state and did not seem to show any signs of serious illness or injuries. Even though she had probably spent most of her life outside in the cold, the vet found Lilo to have a very stable health. After going through all of her medical tests and checking on her, they found her to be in a good state and did not possess complications.

A No Show

The dog was in better hands as the rescue team was taking good care of her. The animal control did all that was necessary for Lilo to regain health. After a while, her owners gave a phone call to the rescue center and claimed that they wished to collect the dog. But the owners proved their unreliability yet again after failing to show up to collect their own dog.

Euthanasia?

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So what was left for the poor dog now? Since the Guilford County is not capable of adopting pit bulls, they were running out of options. The rescuers were faced with a difficult task of doing what’s good for Lilo. They could not keep and they were certainly not going to return her to her disloyal owners. It had come to a point where euthanasia for the dog was discussed.

Helping Hands

While they were in the midst of figuring out what to do next with Lilo, the Merit Pit Bull Foundation stepped in. This was such a blessing to the rescuers as they were running out of options. This was not a meager organization but a rather well-experienced on the rescues of bull breeds from across North Carolina. They help these ill-fated dogs to have a start over in life.

The Process

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But this was not always an easy shot. The Merit Pit Bull Foundation would help in finding these dogs that they have taken in to find loving pet owners that would not repeat the bad state these animals were found in. After rescuing and giving them medical care, these animals are sent to foster homes before to finding a home that would keep them forever.

Getting Her Name

The Merit Pit Bull Foundation stepped and took charge of creating a healthier environment for Lilo. For her rehabilitation, the rescued pit bull was sent to live with Keana Lynch and Travis Henley. So Lilo had found new foster parents who quickly decided on the name ‘Lilo’. These two seem to really care for her and have been doing all they can to help the adorable pup.

Adapting Well?

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So how did Lilo react to this new place of hers? Since she had never been inside the comfort of a loving house and given ample attention, was she going to be able to adapt? Well, it was a relatively better and safer place for her to stay in, so obviously, Lilo was settling into her new home just fine. Lilo seemed to get comfortable real quick in her new temporary home.

Lucky Lilo

As it turns out, luck was on Lilo’s side this time and it appears as though she would have to stay with Keana and Travis for quite a while. It would seem that the little pit bull named Lilo would not be leaving her foster family in the near future. This was a blessing on both sides as they really liked each other’s company and were not willing to leave each other any time soon.

Love At First Sight

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The couple was welcoming and had open arms for the poor pit bull. They were glad they could be of assistance to the well being of the dog that had suffered so much. “She found her bed the first night,” Lynch revealed in an interview back in 2016. “We fell in love with her almost immediately.” So the dog had now found love from owners that she never received from her past owners.

A Permanent Member

As it turned out, Lynch and Henley would not be able to let go of the pit bull at all. They finally decided to keep Lilo, turning her into a permanent addition to the family. yes, the couple decided that it was time for them to adopt Lilo. They fell in love with her the first time they met and the love seemed to grow stronger each day that was spent together.

A Loving Dog

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For a pet that had been through so much in the past, neglect, starvation, and infections, you would think that Lilo would become a very angry dog. But the opposite of this happened. The couple did not have much of an expectation from the poor pup but they were pleasantly surprised to see that the dog turned into the most lovable dog anyone could ever ask for.

Great Personality

So when Lynch was asked about the first few days Lilo started living with them, she told an interviewer back in 2016, “She definitely didn’t know what it was like to live inside. But she’s got a great personality. She loves to snuggle.” The dog must have wanted to give all the love and care it had bottled inside all those times when she was chained to the tree.

A Big Change

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So now, Lilo has the freedom to play around. She can finally run around and not be confined to one spot alone. Lynch added, “[Lilo] loves her antlers, loves to chew on them. She has no clue yet on what to do with the other toys, though.” It must be such a shock for Lilo to be living in such a drastically different environment from the previous home she stayed in.

Settling In

So when Lilo was taken in, she was given all the things a pet would ever need for once. The couple that took her in, Lynch and Henley were focused on training the new addition and to also get her comfortable to live at her new home with their other two rescue pups. It is clear that these two love dogs and are willing to do anything for their pets.

New Family

So Lilo now not only had a place to stay but had new friends or rather siblings that she would be able to play with whenever she feels like. Even though Lilo had been through such a tough past, it was starting to wither away. Signs of her having a rough past was slowly beginning to fade and she seemed happier than ever thanks to her newfound family.

No Grudges

Lynch then spoke about how well mannered Lilo is and says, “She has never held a grudge for her past and loves everyone she meets. She prefers to be held like a baby and snuggles with any chance she can get.” It is such a positive thing to witness such growth and maturity from a pet that has been so neglected and tossed around.

Recovering

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The couple also discloses the health of Lilo that had gradually progressed after she found herself under their care. They spoke to interviewers and explained to them that she was doing better,”Over the past year, Lilo has become a healthy, vibrant girl with all kinds of funny behaviors.” This dog is so positive that we should all aspire to be like her.

Scars Remain

But there were some scars on her body that she had sustained from her past that could not be removed. “She still has issues from her past,” Lynch revealed in her interview back in 2016. For a dog that was at one point targeted by hungry vultures, there should be something that haunts her to date because it would have been such a struggle.

Getting Attached

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So Lilo still has some problems that are obviously effects from the hurt and pain she had been through in the past. “I cannot leave her in the backyard by herself; she comes to the door and cries. She really just wants to be with you. She loves and appreciates what you do for her. She’s a sweet baby,” Lynch tells in her interview, spilling some problems Lilo still faces.

Only Positive

So do you think the couple that took in this abused dog regret their decision on taking her into their home? Do you feel like it would have been burdensome to have to take care of and pick the pieces of Lilo’s haunting past? Well, Lynch and Henley didn’t regret adopting her. They are happy that Lilo gets to be with them and they do not pay attention to the negative aspects.

Others Should Adopt Too

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On the contrary, the couple was over the moon that this pit bull had come into their lives. They could not be happier that such a positive dog had found her way into their lives. This pit bull has had such an amazing impact on them that they want other people, close friends, and family members to adopt pit bulls as well. Lilo’s effect is rather positive.

Spreading Awareness

Lilo’s new parents have been so mesmerized by her that they go through leaps and bounds to spread awareness about the much-misunderstood breed. They wish that people gave these dogs a chance. Lynch would take Lilo into schools to promote animal rescue. They want others to experience the joy and happiness they feel when they have Lilo around.

An Inspiring Dog

Lynch has taken initiative to give the breed that Lilo belongs to, a good name so that people stop associating them with violence and danger. Lynch had one very important thing she wants other to know. It is that “dogs are meant to be loved” – not left out for the vultures to feed on. It is amazing to see how positively Lilo had left an impact on the couple. She is truly an inspiration.

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