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After 15 Years Tethered to a Chain, Senior Dog is Finally Free

A senior dog in Suffolk County, New York is waking up to a whole new life this morning, one that is comforting, warm, and filled with the love and attention that had been absent throughout his entire life up until this point. Having spent 15 years chained up to a dog house in a backyard, doing his best to survive harsh winters and little attention, one call to the animal rescue group Guardians of Rescue changed his life and helped him find freedom.

“We received a call about a dog in need of a dog house,” stated Robert Misseri, founder and president of Guardians of Rescue (GOR). “But when we got there, it was even worse than that. That’s when we discovered the poor dog had spent his whole life attached to a heavy chain. We knew then and there that we had to do something to make a difference in that dog’s life, and so we did.”

GOR spoke with the dog owner, who agreed to surrender the dog to the rescue group. The group happily took the dog, who they report was all bark and no bite, and decided to make it their mission to ensure the rest of his life will be lived in comfort. The remaining time this elderly dog has left will be spent by being well cared and provided for. Bear was cut free from his heavy chain, loaded into the front seat of a pickup, and was taken to the spa to be groomed. From there, the group will find a great home for him, where he can enjoy the time he has left.

The rescue group plans to make Bear veggie burgers, take him to dog parks, on car rides, and even get him into an indoor pool. They also see him spending some hours laying in front of a nice warm fire. In other words, the group points out that Bear has a lot of catching up to do. Being an elderly dog, spending winters outdoors would be even more difficult for him.

The group made a video of the heavy chain being cut off Bear that had kept him tethered for so long:

“Our mission is to help rescue as many animals as we can, but we can’t do it without the help of the community,” added Misseri. “One phone call from someone in the community set the wheels in motion that have changed Bear’s life. That’s a true success story and why we exist.”

Guardians of Rescue has a new show called “The Guardians,” which airs on Animal Planet on Saturday’s at 10 pm EST.

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