A dog abandoned in northeast Oklahoma City is getting a new chance at life.
The golden retriever mix was tied up outside for a whole week before someone finally found her. She was left to die in the extreme heat.
“It’s hard to accept how people can be so cruel to one another,” said Reyna Silva.
Silva takes her daily walks near her house, where there is an empty grassy area. Even the concrete has grass growing on it.
Silva said she heard barking for several days coming from the wooded area, but never saw where the whimpers were coming from.
“I felt really responsible because it had been a week since I heard something and did nothing,” said Silva.
On July 4 weekend, she went out looking for the dog behind the bark. She finally found the puppy tied with a blue leash deep in the tall grass. She barely had a foot of wiggle room being tied to the tree.
Silva rushed home to find help. She posted for help on Facebook and her friend Scott Doyle came to help.
“Somebody put those branches in front. They wanted to hide her and make sure she wasn’t found,” said Doyle.
Doyle and Silva named the dog “Honey Bear." She’s sweet like honey and cuddly like a teddy bear. Doyle is fostering her and nursing her back to health.
Doyle said the first veterinarian bill was $526. Honey Bear is anemic and 20 pounds underweight with a uterus infection. She had puppies not too long ago. She also has hookworms and tapeworms.
Honey Bear needs to go back for a follow-up appointment next week and may need surgery.
“Really it’s just a miracle that Rayna came back here in the first place,” said Doyle.
He created a Facebook page to keep people updated about Honey Bear’s conditions. A GoFundMe page has also been created to help with her medical bills. All the money will go to the expenses. Anything additional will go to a local rescue.
Once Honey Bear is full recovered, they will look for a family to adopt her.
Doyle hopes that this sends a message to those who can no longer keep their dogs. He said there are plenty of rescue organizations and shelters that will help find a new loving home for the animals.