A few years ago, Cane's owner chained him to a tree on property in North Carolina belonging to a relative. There the pit bull stayed, ever since.
Cane got food and water, and had a dog house - provided by animal lover Jamie Spencer, who did her best for Cane and deeply cared for this dog, but couldn't take him into her own home.
His situation was, obviously, never good. Then it got dire.
In July, the person who owned the property where Cane was tethered died. The new owners said Cane had to go, said "you'd better do something about him," Spencer tells The Dodo.
Without knowing how she'd do it, Spencer vowed to Cane that she would make sure he'd be OK.
"It's gonna get better," she said to him. "I promise you."