Fortunately, Chucky was one of the lucky ones. Rice had learned about the little pup from her work in the rescue community, and fell in love. Though she didn't have the money for his surgery, she knew she had to save him. She picked him up from the shelter last week.
It was clear that Chucky's rough few weeks had affected him, though. "When I picked him up at the shelter ... he was so scared," Rice said. "He looked at me like, 'Who the heck are you' ... I held him and he was holding onto me so tightly with his little fingers."
But the second he got to the car, he seemed to realize he was going home. "He calmed down," Rice said. "He just relaxed."