(Guest post by Ameena Schelling from thedodo.com)
A good rescue is up for saving any dog. Even when she might not be a dog.
Last week, a woman was walking in Los Angeles when she spotted what appeared to be a homeless dog. She took a picture and texted it to California rescue groupHope for Paws. While it was obvious the animal was "disoriented and clearly very sick," Hope for Paws wrote, she also stood out in one other way: her species.
The disheveled animal appeared to be a wolf hybrid, a first for Hope for Paws. Nevertheless, the team jumped in the car and raced to find her.
When they arrived, they found the animal — who was later named Julia — about to enter a fenced yard, and were fortunately able to shut the door to secure her. But when they approached, they realized the situation was worse than they thought.
"This poor girl was so swollen from infections," Hope for Paws founder Eldad Hagar wrote. "She was bleeding, pus was oozing from everywhere, and it's hard to see because of this coat, but she is just skin and bones."
The only sign of her past was a ratty rope wrapped around her neck. "[That] indicates to me that someone owned and neglected her to a criminal level," Hagar wrote.
Naturally, Julia was wary of humans, but rescuer Lisa Chiarelli sat down near her and began to offer her treats — eventually gaining the hungry animal's trust.
"Even though Julia was so skinny and starved, she took food so gently," Hagar said.
Finally, after 20 minutes, rescuers were able to slip a leash over Julia's head.