And Baxter, soaked with battery acid.
And two brothers who had been trained to fight each other.
And, well, you get the picture.
Around 50 dogs were being dropped off at the Miami shelter every day, with just four finding their way to adoption.
That left the brutal reality of euthanasia for countless more. Every day.
Originally planning to take 40 dogs back to Canada, the Dog Tales team ended up rescuing 112. The sanctuary's dog population has now doubled.
"I think a lot of them will have a happier ending sooner, rather than later," Forndran says. "That's what makes it all worthwhile."
And so Apollo, a dog who never had a chance to be saved, may yet save the day for countless more.
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