When they heard this, the volunteers feared the worst — they figured the man was trying to sell her for breeding purposes. “He probably drove around with her, asking people if they wanted to buy her for breeding, and then took her home with him,” Behnke said.
The volunteers didn’t stop searching, and their persistence eventually paid off. “With the help of other villagers, they were able to locate her in kind of a run-down shed,” Behnke said. “It was dark and there were no windows, and she had no food or water.”
After getting her out of the shed, a volunteer picked up the golden retriever, now named Harper, and cradled her in her arms. Ayar captured the moment on video.