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Dog Left Alone In Park Wouldn't Let Anyone Help Her For Days

"Ever wonder what a dog dumped by her owners does? Sits and watches. Waiting for her family to come back."

The community in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, noticed a very skittish collie-like dog hanging around a local park this week. She was all alone in the chilly weather and she also wouldn't let anyone near her.

Skittish dog in Pennsylvania park
Janine Guido

Worried for the poor dog, people contacted Janine Guido, founder of Speranza Animal Rescue, a well-known animal rescue organization based in the town.

"She was staying in the same spot β€” as if waiting for her family to return. But they never did," Guido told The Dodo. Guido was relying on the community's help to find and save the dog. People reported sightings to her to help Guido track the dog down.

But it wasn't easy.

Dog apparently abandoned in Pennsylvania
Janine Guido

"On the first and second day I went out I was able to hand-feed her," Guido said. "However, if I went to loop her with the leash she would back up."

Guido got so close β€” only to then have the dog, whom she called Carla, get spooked and dart away into the woods.

Speranza's Facebook page, meanwhile, helped spread the story so that locals could help locate the scared dog. "Ever wonder what a dog dumped by her owners does?" Speranza Animal Rescue wrote on Facebook. "Sits and watches. Waiting for her family to come back."

Dog apparently abandoned in Pennsylvania park
Janine Guido

"The park was a highly populated area," Guido explained. "And she kept getting spooked with all the people around. Eventually after others had tracked her through the woods she relocated."

Dog apparently abandoned in Pennsylvania park
Janine Guido

On Wednesday, after two days of searching, there were no signs of her. And people started to worry.

Then a call came on Thursday morning, very early, that Carla was spotted sleeping under a back porch. Guido was on her way. 

Dog apparently abandoned in Pennsylvania park
Janine Guido

"I almost had her but she got spooked yet again," Guido said.

Carla ran off. 

When, a few hours later, Guido started streaming a live video on Speranza Animal Rescue's Facebook page, no one knew what to expect. 

With the camera pointed out the driver's side of the car as it drives down a road, Guide explained the struggle she'd experienced in the past few hours. 

After Carla dashed off, Guido had gotten another call a few hours later saying she was seen again. And the video suddenly pivots to the passenger seat β€” where Carla is sitting. 

"We got her! I'm so excited," Guido said in the live video. "Your new life has begun. You're safe now and we love you."

Dog apparently abandoned gets close to rescuers
Janine Guido
Apparently abandoned dog in rescuer's car
Janine Guido

Guido told The Dodo just how she finally got a hold of this skittish and scared dog. "I was able to have her follow me on to a porch," she said. "And the two other women blocked both entrances, so she could not escape. I leashed her and the rest is history."

Apparently abandoned dog after rescue
Janine Guido

At the vet, Guido discovered that Carla was 10 years old, had no microchip and was about 15 to 20 pounds underweight. 

"No neighbors recognize her. No lost reports with police," Guido said. "Sadly, we believe she was dumped and that's why she was staying in that same spot."

Abandoned dog in rescuer's car
Carla finally allowed rescuers to get near her β€” with some treats. | Janine Guido

Carla was exhausted after spending days on her own outside. "She could not keep her eyes open," Guido said.

Guido swiftly arranged a foster home so that Carla could immediately have a safe, warm and calm place to rest and recover. Carla arrived there Thursday evening.

When she's ready, she'll be up for adoption.

Collie-like abandoned senior dog getting a bath
Carla was given a bath to get nice and clean. | Janine Guido

"She's so sweet, just so scared," Guido said. "But once she was in my car it was like she knew she was safe."

Abandoned dog safe at foster home
Carla curled up in a warm little bed at her foster home | Janine Guido
To adopt Carla, you can visit Speranza Animal Rescue's website to learn more. To help Speranza save more dogs in need, you can make a donation.