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Dog Chained To Balcony For 2 Months Saved By Viral Photo

Sitting still and silent for days and nights, he must have seemed like just another sad angel in the Italian architecture.

A monument to misery, devised by the stoniest of hearts.

For two months, this dog was no more than a face staring down from a 20-square-foot balcony, the newspaper Quotidiano reports. A short, heavy chain kept him from enjoying even that much.

But this dog's prison overlooked a bustling street in the historic province of Trapani. And a passerby met the prisoner's doleful gaze one too many times. Enough was enough.

Images of the dog in the iron cage spread on social media, eventually reaching Enrico Rizzi. A prominent animal welfare activist and head of the Secretariat National Party Animalista European, Rizzi had seen too many similar cases.

Just last year, he led a legal crusade against the owner of this dog.

And Rizzi once brawled with carriage drivers on Rome's famous Spanish Steps over how horses were being treated in the middle of a heatwave.

In the Trapani case, he didn't waste a moment. According to Quotidiano, he led a brigade of police officers and a veterinarian to the address.

The owners were charged with animal cruelty, and the sad statue of a dog in misery no longer overlooks the streets of Trapani. The dog, still without a name, is at the local shelter. It's not much, but until he finds a real home, he'll savor every precious inch of it.

If you would like to help this dog, and others in similar plights, visit ASP Trapani's website.