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People in Yakima Come Together to Save One Dog's Life

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An abandoned and abused dog is recovering tonight thanks to some Good Samaritans in Yakima. An abandoned and abused dog is recovering tonight thanks to some Good Samaritans in Yakima.

YAKIMA, WA - An abandoned and abused dog is recovering tonight thanks to some Good Samaritans in Yakima.

It's a horrifying story, but one with a happy ending.

"Noticed a plastic black bag in the orchard, and they said they walked over and the thing was moving," said Mark McAllister, a farmer who helped find the abused animal.

"It was doubled bagged and they knotted the top so there was no chance for him to get loose from that," said Becky Pascua, an Animal Rescue Coordinator for Wags to Riches.

In that knotted double bag was Sawyer, a tiny dog wearing a sweater. McAllister said Sawyer was malnourished, dehydrated, suffering from a urinary tract infection and had a broken femur. 


"Brought him home and we started introducing electrolytes to him through an eyedropper because he wouldn't drink enough," said McAllister. "He had a good appetite, but it was the hardest thing I had to do is, I had to let him go to the animal rescue and it was the right thing to do.

Wags to Riches paid for Sawyer's surgery and they're happy to say he's doing fine.

But unfortunately, stories like Sawyer's aren't rare. The animal rescue said they often get stray dogs that have been abused or neglected in the Yakima Valley.

"It breaks your heart that dogs are so dispensable," said Pascua. "Treated like property, so easily tossed out a car window. Sawyer had a sweater on somebody loved him at one time."

Somebody will love Sawyer again. His story captured a lot of attention on Facebook, and so many people already want to take him into their own homes.

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