"When I saw this bundle of skin and bones lying in his cage I had to hold myself together and try not to break down," Tania Cappelluti, founder of CAARCR, told The Dodo. "When you rescue animals, you see a lot and you have to deal with a lot of ugly situations. Leon, unfortunately, is one of the worst cases I have ever seen."
Cappelluti named him Leon because she wanted to give him the strength of a lion. "He was lying in his cage, with open wounds everywhere, skinny and weak," she said. "It took my breath away."