Tiny, One-Eyed Chihuahua Named America's Hero Dog | People
Harley doesn't look like Superman (or Superdog for that matter) — he is missing one eye, has deformed legs and a tongue that sticks out — but he is just as good at saving lives.
The tiny Chihuahua spent the first ten years of his life crammed in a small cage at a puppy mill, according to the American Humane Association. This sad existence led to a diseased heart, a mouth filled with rot, a fused spine, a broken tail, gnarled toes, and legs that were deformed. Harley also lost an eye after his cage was power-washed while he was still trapped inside. After a decade of abuse, he was rescued and placed into a caring forever home.
From there, his real life began. At his new home in Berthoud, Colorado, Harley started his long but successful journey to solid emotional and physical health. His spirit to strive inspired countless individuals and led to the creation of Harley to the Rescue. This campaign works to raise funds for former puppy mill dogs who desperately need medical care.
So far, Harley's good work has helped save the lives of over 500 dogs. The Chihuahua also goes on puppy mill rescue missions to comfort the mistreated canines and travels the country educating animal lovers about the horrors of commercial dog breeding.
All of this amazing work earned Harley the well-deserved 2015 American Humane Association Hero Dog Awards “American Hero Dog” award — the event's top honor. Congrats, little guy! Keep up the vital and empowering work.
Harley wasn't the only canine to paw away a winner. Awards were also given out to courageous military, law enforcement, guide, therapy and arson dogs.