The manicurist admitted that she really just wanted to have the dog put to sleep, but didn't want to pay for it. Darlene asked to see the dog's picture - and as soon as she did, she knew she needed to save him.
She went to the manicurist's house, where she found Smokey alone in the backyard. The poor dog was severely emaciated, and it was clear that without Darlene's intervention, he wouldn't survive for very much longer.
Smokey was taken to the vet and put on an IV drip to save his life. He was diagnosed with food deprivation that appeared to have been going on for weeks - maybe even months. His digestive system was in shock.
Forte Animal Rescue heard about Smokey and stepped in to help. Soon, Smokey had a new backyard to play in - this time with a family who would never, ever hurt him.
Months after his adoption, Darlene was able to visit Smokey in his new home. His new forever family could not thank Darlene enough for saving Smokey's life and giving them the greatest new family member they could ask for.