Facebook Post Saves Puppy Left To Die In A Plastic Bag

<p> <a href="https://www.facebook.com/groups/1015910078449835/permalink/1054952247878951/" target="_blank">Facebook/Marcia Lutz</a> </p>

Never underestimate the power of animal lovers working together to help victims of cruelty.

Last week, volunteers from a Facebook group devoted to saving pets in the city of Rondon, Brazil, did just that - mobilizing in an incredible way to rescue the life of a dog who was the victim of a shockingly heartless act. On Friday morning, Marcia Lutz, a member of the Brazilian rescue group, posted an urgent appeal for assistance to the group's page after spotting a small puppy in desperate need of a helping hand.

"He was thrown in a ravine inside a plastic bag," she wrote. "It's a place that's difficult to access. I can't save his life. Can anyone help me ..."

Facebook/Marcia Lutz

Within minutes, comments began to pour in among the group's 1,300 member page asking how they could assist, while condemning whoever might have discarded the dog so cruelly.

One person who saw the post was Cláucia Jackline de Oliveira, who works at a medical office near where the dog had been spotted. She and another nurse leapt into action, climbing down into the ravine to bring the puppy to safety.

Facebook/Cláucia Jackline de Oliveira

By 11:48 a.m. - less than a half-hour after the first call for help was posted to Facebook - the dog was rescued.

"Thank you girls," Lutz wrote in a comment. "God bless you."

Facebook/Cláucia Jackline de Oliveira

Judging from the amount of body waste inside the bag with the dog, Oliveira suspects he had been trapped there since the previous evening with no way of escaping the bag, which had been tied shut. But fortunately, despite his long ordeal, the puppy appeared to be in good health.

Facebook/Cláucia Jackline de Oliveira

Oliveira asked the Facebook group if someone would be able to provide the pup with a home. And, sure enough, within an hour, she returned to the page to announce that the puppy had already been adopted.

The speed in which the puppy went from being wrapped up like trash to becoming somebody's treasured pet was inspiring even for folks on the page who help animals every day.

"I want to thank everyone who was concerned, who rescued, who cared," one member of the group wrote. "I still see hope for a better world with your kind of attitude."

Use Facebook's search function to find communities working to save needy animals in your area.