But Angel went on to find a happy ending. She was rescued by an animal welfare group called Pit Sisters.
And as for those two cowering dogs who refused to be apart?
Since their photo was taken on January 8, an organization called the Texas Animal Society pulled them out of the shelter -together, naturally - and found them a foster home.
Once there, the horrors of their previous "home" became even more apparent, especially when it came to Bridget, the larger, tan dog in the shelter photograph.
"We found out yesterday she has no upper teeth," Kasey Hersperger, the dogs' foster mom, told The Dodo. "They have been ground completely down to her gums."