"I saw him in the filthy window when we pulled up," Amy Haas-Gray, founder of Hardin-Eldora Animal Rescue Team (HEART), tells The Dodo. "Just a tiny little guy, eyes all matted shut, he had his head back and his mouth open trying to breathe. He was the first one I grabbed when we finally got in there."
With a little time and a lot of care, Tristan would open his eyes to a brand-new life.
"I knew that he had been in a rough situation before I adopted him," Megan Riker tells The Dodo.
In fact, Haas-Gray had warned Riker before she met him that "he looked a little rough."
It wasn't until Riker met him that the depths of his old situation really hit home.