Hanging his head in the corner hour after hour, Rio seemed to be in mourning, ready to just give up.
Employees at Detroit Animal Care and Control knew they had to act fast or possibly lose Rio forever, so they called Detroit Dog Rescue (DDR).
“We take on [the shelter’s] tougher medical and mental health cases, so dogs who may be shutting down or suffering from kennel neurosis,” Kristina Millman-Rinaldi, executive director of Detroit Dog Rescue, told The Dodo. “A lot of people don’t realize what intuitive and sensitive creatures dogs are. They sense, like humans, everything that’s happening around them.”
By the time Rio entered DDR, he had already earned himself a reputation as “the saddest dog In Detroit.” And, true to his nickname, Rio continued spiralling toward depression.