Chained-Up Pit Bull Transforms When Someone Touches Him
All he wanted was to be loved.
When a pit bull named Frankie was just a puppy, he was a beloved part of the auto body shop where his owner worked. But as Frankie got bigger and his needs became the needs of a big dog with a lot of energy, his life got more and more restricted.
By the time Summer Parker heard about Frankie, the dog's life had become quite sad; even Frankie's owner recognized that this was no life for his dog.
"I found out about Frankie through a person who lives in and works in the area where he was chained up," Parker told The Dodo. "I was able to start communication with the owner and began discussing a time to meet and the option of surrendering Frankie into rescue."
Within 24 hours of hearing about Frankie's situation, Parker was driving down to the auto body shop to meet him.
When she arrived, Parker saw gray-colored Frankie sitting in dirt and trash, looking eagerly up at anyone who passed by.
"The owner of Frankie knew that his life chained up at the shop was not the best for him," Parker said. This made Frankie's rescue especially easy. "He had gotten Frankie as a puppy and as he grew up he was able to escape the shop."
That's how Frankie, who is just 1 year old, ended up on the chain — and his owner was extremely amenable to freeing him. It was clear that Frankie was meant to be a cuddly pet dog — he absolutely loved people.
"There were no negotiations, no money offered in exchange for freeing Frankie," Parker said. "Within 24 hours of meeting him, I had freed Frankie from his chain."
💔 UPDATE ON CHAINED DOG 💔 It was way worse than I thought going to see him today. He’s living in complete filth. The chain is heavy and I’m worried that the wire cutting his leg because as you can see he gets tangled. He’s social with people but has had no interaction with other dogs and literally lays in the back of the shop all day. He needs vetting, training and a foster. I left covered in grease. I’m working on a plan now and working with his owner. Please comment below if you are pledging to get this sweet boy out. #chainedupdog #losangeles #donationsneeded #chaineduppitla
Frankie's life before being freed consisted of begging for attention from the people at the shop and finding shelter just under the car he was chained to. A few days after his rescue, Frankie already looks like a totally different dog.
Rescuers gave him his first bath using a damp cloth because Frankie was afraid of getting into a tub of water. "The oil and grease ... was caked on and had saturated the area around his neck," Parker said. "Many people thought Frankie was a gray dog — he is actually white!"
🙌🏻🙌🏻WE DID IT 🙌🏻🙌🏻 SAFE! RESCUED BY BFF PET RESCUE ▶️ Please honor pledges via PayPal to: email@example.com We are happy to report that volunteer @itssummerparker was able to free this sweet boy that we’ve named Frankie tonight! He’s finally off the chain! Huge thank you to the rescue community for their outpour of support to come together in his time of need. He’s so loving and so grateful to start his new life today!! Thank you so much to @laadopt @steffenbaldwin @mispits.photography @tyemohawk @emsillyann for all of your help and support! This is what rescue is all about! Frankie will spend his first night in a home then be transported tomorrow morning to our vet. Tonight he will sleep in a cozy bed!! More updates to come so please stay tuned! #offthechain #chainedpitLA #bffpetrescue #chaineduppitla
Now that Frankie has gotten some love and care for his physical needs, visiting the vet and getting neutered and vaccinated, he'll be spending some time recovering emotionally, focusing on his behavior and socializing with other dogs. It's believed that Frankie hadn't really ever met another dog while he was chained up in the shop.
"He will be at the rescue for a couple of weeks to just relax, decompress and run the 10 acres on the property," Parker said. "Frankie’s next stop will be to go to training."
Once his rescuers have a better sense of Frankie's needs, he'll be looking for a perfect new home.
Already, things are looking so much brighter for him.