"Oh god," Ashley Mauceri of the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) could be heard murmuring in a video posted to YouTube.
But the 8-year-old Great Pyrenees mix did manage to make one hopeful gesture to the woman who rescued him.
He laid his paw on her hand.
Last September, the property owner, Sandra Croney, was convicted of six counts of animal cruelty.
It was her second conviction.
"Arkansas is one of the most problematic puppy mill states in the country since there are no state laws to protect dogs in commercial breeding facilities," Melanie Kahn of the HSUS Puppy Mills Campaign stated in a press release.
As for Duffy, he made the most of his new leash on life.
He learned to walk again.
He learned to love.
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