Rescue dog sees sunlight for the first time after life in basement

Animals should never be confined to captivity … this much any sane human being will accept. I just can’t even imagine a dog living in a cage nor seeing the sunlight. It is to heartbreaking for me.

And yet it was the cruel reality for the dog in this story. BB was found locked in a cellar in Cabarrus County, North Carolina, in such terrible conditions that it makes my heart bleed simply to write of them. The pictures come courtesy of the animal heroes at the Humane Society, who set free around 130 animals trapped at the puppy mill during the raid.

The animals were so scared  , confused and exposed to things no animal should be. But happily they were about to be delivered into a whole new life. Little BB weighed just over 2.2Ibs and only had three healthy teeth in her mouth. The others were so rotten that they had to be removed.

Their hope came from an anonymous tip. According to Newsner in addition to BB, 104 other dogs were rescued, as well as 20 cats and three goats. The poor animals all lived  n tiny cages in a dark and stuffy basement that lacked even basic ventilation.

Thanks to Brenda Tortoreo, who had previously worked at the vets where BB was treated, its miserable life was about to be end.

“She was very tiny, and she looked like this helpless creature,” Animal manager at HSUS Jessica Lauginiger told during an interview. It’s believed BB had never seen sunlight, and her contact with humans had been minimal. “I put my hand up to the cage, and she’d come up and sniff a little bit. She was very hesitant for human attention, but she wanted it.”

Reports says that BB was used for breeding a number of times over the years, and in the beginning her rescuers had a difficult time working out her age, such was the state of her appearance.

When she was finally taken from the basement, though, BB looked upon the sunlight with a face that said everything. She’d never ever known the feeling of grass under her paws, and now she has a second chance to live the life she truly deserves.

h.t: newsner

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