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Old 09-22-2015, 04:20 PM
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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.
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That story is heartbreaking. I know I have read puppymill stories all too many times but every time I can not get over the lack of humanity some people possess. It's so distressing and sad. There isn't a word to properly convey that sentiment.

But I am glad Harley now has a great home.
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So touching, so heartbreaking. I avoid these stories because it just makes me want to become a murderer and kill anyone who abuses a dog. It just makes me feel depressed beyond depressed and there is no way to claw myself out of that hole once I get into it. I can't even read stray dog stories with happy endings because I just get so emotionally angry and depressed over situations that hurt animals.

If every rich person owned a large animal rescue, maybe we would have less of these things happening? I don't know. Where there is good, bad needs to balance it... we can never just have super good things happening in life.
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