Just three months old, a small pit bull was rescued in October 2016 after being found in the rain, tied to a tree. The puppy had mange on his skin. Moved by the scene, firefighters from the Sacramento Fire Department in Sacramento, California, (United States), decided to take the puppy to the station to attend to him.
Mike Thawley and his team picked him up and took him back to the fire station. They named him Chunk, gave him a nice, comforting bath, and kept him warm. The fire team felt it would be best to properly take the little dog to a shelter to care for and heal from his injuries.
Chunk had lost most of his fur to scabies, so firefighters took him to the Front Street Animal Shelter, where they were sure he would receive treatment and likely new home.
According to Shareably, the shelter treated his scabies and gave him clothes to protect him from the cold until his fur grew back. His scabies was mild, but his recovery would take some time.
Mike Thawley, the firefighter, kept thinking about Chunk and returned to the shelter the next day. Chunk had not forgotten and greeted him with such enthusiasm and happiness.
The firefighter fell entirely in love with Chunk, and after taking his family to the shelter to meet the puppy, he decided they wanted to take him home. During the process, Mike, his wife Carla, and his three daughters decided to take care of Chunk during his rounds of treatment for his non-contagious scabies.
After four months of waiting since his arrival at the shelter and as soon as his treatment for scabies was over, the little pit bull puppy was able to go home with Mike and his family officially.
Bobby Mann from Front Street Animal Shelter commented:
“I think the good thing about this whole story is that this dog not only found his forever home, but he had the opportunity to go to a foster home, which we are always looking for in our shelter, to be happy and healthy.”