Many of us love to shower our furry friends with love and affection, but unfortunately, there are some cruel animal owners out there who have no business being near animals. This was the case for Chunk’s owner, who had mistreated the three-month-old pup since birth, leaving her lifeless and miserable. Eventually, this heartless individual abandoned Chunk by the side of the road, chaining her to a tree so she couldn’t escape. Left alone in the pouring rain, the poor dog must have been frightened and confused about what she had done wrong. Fortunately, by sheer coincidence, the local fire department happened to stumble upon her. On a chilly October day in Sacramento, one brave member of the team managed to rescue Chunk just in time.
Upon receiving an urgent call, the team promptly responded and came across a small animal on the side of the road. Due to the emergency, they couldn’t attend to it right away and had to return later. The harsh weather conditions were taking a toll on the creature and the firefighters recall how it was shivering uncontrollably from the cold. One of the firefighters, Mike Thawley, decided to take responsibility for the little dog, whom he named Chunk, and brought her back to the fire station for some much-needed love and care. Mike and his colleagues worked tirelessly to ensure that Chunk received the attention she deserved.
Upon arrival, the firemen noticed that she was shivering uncontrollably, so they immediately offered her a warm bath and showered her with cuddles and hugs. However, it soon became apparent that the poor pup was not just cold; she was also struggling with a severe case of mange, a skin condition commonly found in dogs who have been mistreated or neglected by their owners. Thankfully, Chunk received prompt attention from the firefighters and was later taken to an animal shelter where she could receive proper care and, eventually, find a forever home filled with love.
The Front Street Animal Shelter took care of Chunk, a pitbull suffering from mange, by providing medical attention and a foster home until she fully recovered. It was a slow process for Chunk’s fur to grow back, and her recuperation was not as smooth as expected. However, during her stay at the shelter and foster home, one person couldn’t stop thinking about her – Firefighter Mike Thawley. He surprised her by returning to the shelter, and the pitbull recognized him immediately. The reunion between Chunk and her savior was heartwarming, and she was full of energy and joy upon their reunion.
According to a post on the Sacramento Fire Department’s Facebook page, everyone who met her fell in love with her. Mike wasn’t the only one who visited the shelter, as his wife and three daughters accompanied him for a specific reason. They were all excited to provide a forever home for the adorable animal.
With a majority vote of four to one, Chunk, the foster puppy rescued by Firefighter Mike Thawley and his crew from Engine 14, is on his way to getting a permanent home. Despite Mike’s refusal, the gang reunited at the Front Street Animal Shelter to take Chunk home. Chunk had been healing at the shelter for four months after being treated for mange. The Front Street Animal Shelter team expressed their gratitude to Bobby Mann and his colleagues for their continuous dedication to the community. Bobby Mann also highlighted that the story’s fantastic aspect is that Chunk not only found a forever home but also received necessary care and attention as a foster pup. Watch Mike’s joyous reunion with Chunk in the video below and don’t forget to share this heartwarming story with your loved ones.