When Kit DeRoche heard about Sam, a senior miniature poodle who had been tied up and left to die in the shrubs behind a Miami apartment complex, she knew she had to do everything she could to help him.
DeRoche, who is the president and founder of Florida Yorkie Rescue in Palm City, offered to take in Sam, who was in such bad shape that it wasn't clear he could recover. When she met him for the first time, Sam was weak, sunburnt, sick and covered with ticks.
"When he arrived and I saw him, I cannot even explain in words the grave condition he was in," DeRoche told The Dodo. "The person who transported him, as well as my husband and I, formed a circle around this dying dog and said a prayer right there by pump number six at the Mobil Gas Station."