Abused Dog Was Rescued From Horrifying Circumstances, But Now She Finds Comfort In Cats

Ten-year-old Jewel may seem like a happy dog now, but her past was anything but that. In 2009, she was seized from a house in northern Florida by Nassau Humane Society animal control officers.

The poor dog was in horrible shape. She was extremely skinny and malnourished, and had sores and cigarette burns all over her body. Someone had also cut her ears off with a scissor. By her appearance, and the way she cowered when people went near her, it was obvious that she had been previously abused.

Hayley Baer

Hayley Baer

She was rushed to a vet where she was diagnosed with heartworm disease and treated accordingly. Aside from trying to get healthy, she was also caring for her litter of puppies. The vet believed her former owners used her just to have multiple litters to sell.

Hayley Baer

Hayley Baer

A woman named Hayley Baer took Jewel in as a foster and eventually adopted her. Despite everything Jewel had been through, she remained in positive spirits and was extremely friendly toward people and even other animals.

Hayley Baer

Hayley Baer

Especially cats. Jewel loved cats and the cats loved her back. Baer’s cats, Lavender and Lily, whom Jewel first met, initially watched Jewel from a distance. But once they got more comfortable with having her around, they started to get closer to her. Eventually they became friends and were soon cuddling together!

Hayley Baer

Hayley Baer

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Growing up, Ashley always had a passion for writing. After receiving her Bachelor's in Journalism from Stony Brook University, she now uses that passion to write about the thing she loves most in this world: animals! When she isn't writing, you can find her curled up on the couch with a kindle in her hands and her Guinea Pigs on her lap.