It truly is hard to believe that there are some scum of the earth people out there who are willing to leave their dog for dead out in borderline unlivable conditions, just because they don’t want a pet anymore.
It’s one of the most inhumane things you can possibly think of.
According to KVVU, a domesticated all-white dog was abandoned out in an open desert just outside of Henderson, Nevada, as I’m assuming the original owners believed there was no way the dog could survive on its own out there.
Luckily enough, a small family of coyotes were willing to take the dog in and make him one of their own. And on top of that, some witnesses say they even saw the dog leading the pack. Coyotes don’t tend to live and hunt in full blown packs like wolves do, but they do tend to stick together in family groups and will sometimes hunt in loose pairs.
Susan McMullen of the Southern Nevada Trapping Team told the outlet:
“It seems like he may have been put out there between seven and eight months and somehow or another, the coyotes just accepted him.”
The dog, who has been dubbed “Ghost,” was originally spotted back in July of last year, as it was wandering around neighborhoods with the rest of the coyotes.
Recently, McMullen got word that Ghost may be injured, so she and her partner Timi Zondiros set out to find the dog so they could help him.
“He was actually just running with them and eating with them, but then he started to limp, and we were afraid limping that the coyotes could turn on him.”
“We were very nervous about where he was, how he was.”
Then, this past Saturday they were able to finally get Ghost, after he discovered a crate bated with food.
“When he got into that crate… He just sat down. I think he was also relieved.”
McMullen weighed in on the relief they felt when they finally had the dog in their possession:
“It is just that adrenal and excitement and relief… it was just a relief to get him out of there.”
And although Ghost had been out in the wild for quite some time, Zondiros said the dog is as loving as can be:
“He is the sweetest most loving dog… he comes up to you he wants to be petted, he wants to be held.”
Although Ghost is in good spirits, it’s easy to see that he went through it while out with the coyotes. He has scars on his face and body from fights, along with an ear infection, eye infection, skin issues, his scrotum needs to be removed entirely, and he has a broken toe that needs to be amputated.
McMullen also said that he has some rocks in his stomach, probably because it was the only thing he could find to eat while he was starving.
Needless to say, it’s a great thing that McMullen and Zondiros were able to take Ghost in when they did, because there’s no telling how much longer he would’ve lived out in the desert.