Dog Rescue Shelter in Mladenovac, Serbia, received a call regarding a stray dog who was seen at a park near the Mladenovac’s rehabilitation institute.
The dog was in extremely bad shape, and his hair was so matted, with dreadlocks full of fleas. It was nearly 100 degrees outside, so he was also most likely dehydrated and starving.
When rescuers arrived, they spotted him right away, but he was very nervous and reluctant to go near them. Whenever they got close, he would bark at them and snap. It was very obvious by the way he was acting that he had been previously abused.
They also noticed a rope around his neck, which led them to believe that he belonged to someone at some point and was tied up for a while.
Rescuers tried to coax him into a kennel with a trail of food, and it worked!
They brought him back to the shelter, where he continued to bark and snarl at them. There was no doubt that he was a friendly pup, but years of abuse and neglect had caused him to be terrified of people and extremely cautious.
Since he was acting aggressive, they gave him a mild sedative so vets would be able to examine him at the clinic without being bit.
In the clinic, they began cutting off his mats, which were very close to his skin and probably causing him a lot of pain and discomfort. After cutting the mats off, they shaved the rest of his knotted fur off.
Beneath all of the mats, they discovered that one of his testicles were inside of his stomach and needed to be operated on. He received a total anesthetic and they began the surgery, which was a success!
He was also treated for his external and internal parasites, along with his fleas.
The dog, now named Rasta, looks like a whole new pup! He has even gained his rescuers’ trust and allows people to pet him. He has come a long way from his days on the streets.
Since his rescue, he has fully recovered and has found a loving forever home!
Watch his rescue and incredible transformation in the video below: