Rescue Dog With Unfortunate Past Wouldn’t Look Anyone In The Eye, She Just Wanted Love

Amanda Holley

For a very long time, this dog has suffered and the only thing he knew was pain.

Meet Miley the rescue dog!

Amanda Holley

Miley was used as a bait dog by a dogfighting operator in Austin, Texas, to train other dogs how to fight. For a year, he went through constant attacks with her mouth taped shut and wrapped tightly with a barbed wire around her neck.

When her previous owners realized that Miley was already tired and sick, they threw her out on the street with her back leg barely hanging on. She was in a bad condition, and although the poor dog was only a year old, she had already felt the kind of pain any dog should never go through.

Fortunately, Miley was rescued before her body could give up to all the injuries she obtained from being a fighting dog.

Amanda Holley

Her rescuers posted Miley’s photo on Facebook, in hopes of getting help from kind-hearted people because the shelter who found him could not afford to amputate her back leg.

Amanda Holley

“They were going to euthanize her,” Holley told The Dodo. “Without even thinking I offered to pick her up and keep her overnight so I could get her to the vet the next day. A woman on the post [comment section] started a fundraiser to cover her medical bills.”

When Miley was rescued, it was the first time in her life that she felt safe.

Amanda Holley

“She wouldn’t even make eye contact and just kept staring out the side of her crate,” Amanda Holley said. “I went out and bought her a stuffed hedgehog, and when I gave it to her, she looked at me as if it was the greatest kindness ever bestowed on her. From that moment on, she made eye contact and would take meds from my hand. She changed my life in a matter of hours.”

Thankfully, the rescue dog’s photo went viral and donations came pouring from the community to support Miley’s medical bills. Holley, who first saw Miley online, made sure to keep in touch with the former fighting dog after her surgery.

Amanda Holley

“My intention wasn’t to keep her, just be a part of the chain of people who worked together to save her life,” Holley explained. “But I told her foster if she ever needed anything again to call me.”

When Miley’s foster needed to move, Holley immediately volunteered to keep her. The only problem is, the kind-hearted woman had already moved from Austin to Baltimore, Maryland.

Amanda Holley

“When you meet Miley she changes you immediately; she’s been through so much and is so sweet,” Holley said. “So of course I had to take her.”

Holley did not want to pass the opportunity to help the rescue dog, so she immediately arranged to have the former fighting dog transported to Baltimore.

Amanda Holley

“I only had her for 24 hours that one day [when she was first rescued] and I had no idea if she would remember me,” Holley said. “She wouldn’t stop wagging her tail and was so excited to see me again.”

Despite her rough past, the rescue dog tries to get along with other dogs. Although she’s still trying to figure out things like her new toys, she loves to be around other people.

Miley’s new brother, Ace, who is also a rescue dog.

Amanda Holley

“Miley’s favorite thing to do is meet people,” Holley said. “She’s already made a ton of friends — both dogs and people. She won’t go more than a few steps on our walks without saying hi to somebody.”

Amanda Holley

“Miley is Wonder Woman in a dog’s body,” Holley said.

“She is living proof of the principle that only love can save the world.”

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H/T: The Dodo