Josiane Almeida, an animal rescuer from Lagoa da Prata, Brazil, was alerted to the dogs' dire situation and hurried to the spot with her husband to help. Nothing could have prepared them for what they encountered.
"Some of the worst scenes of mistreatment I've ever witnessed," Almeida wrote in a post online. "A sick mother with puppies tied in a sack and thrown in the middle of nowhere. They've been there for quite some time."
The scared mother dog was understandably wary at first as Almeida approached, but then seemed to realize she was there to help. One puppy stood by her side; three others were trapped in the sack — a little family whom some cruel person had discarded like garbage.
This is the moment that things began to change for the better: