"We went ahead and we pulled him because we don't believe any dog should pass that way," Hackett says. "You're a senior. That's not the way you should go."
After a full medical assessment, Melvin's rescuers were left with a difficult decision. The dog's teeth were so bad, they would all have to be removed. But that process could aggravate an already failing heart.
"At his age, if we put him under anesthesia with his heart condition the way it is now ... he might not make it," Hackett says.
They decided Melvin's quality of life, at this point, was paramount.
In other words, let the spoilage ensue.
Melvin was joined by Charlie, also a rescue from a Los Angeles shelter. And Sophie. And Russell the cat.
All rescues. All going, literally, from death's door to the lap of luxury.