Driving along the highway in Miguel County, New Mexico, a woman spotted a dog on the side of the road.

Chained up in a small wooden hut, it was clear the dog wasn’t being well cared for.

Not only was the poor pup stuck there, but five other dogs were on the same property.

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After she got in touch with Animal Welfare Coalition of Northeastern New Mexico, the county sheriff department arrived and took all of the dogs into their custody.

It became apparent that the first dog she had spotted, who was later named Violet, had been chained up for a long period of time. The fur of her neck was stained black due to the chain having rubbed against it. It was made of thick and heavy metal, secured with a heavy padlock.

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Upon further investigation, it was discovered that the owner of the dogs was in jail and therefore unable to provide the daily care the dogs needed, nor had he arranged for anyone else to take care of the beautiful creatures.

It was estimated that Violet was two years old when she was finally rescued, but luckily she’s now on the road to recovery.

NMDOG took care of her and a few of the other dogs taken from the property. They found Violet was suffering with sunburn and flystrike – a condition where maggots eat away at the animal’s flesh.

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Violet has been through a lot in her short life, and if she was found any later she could have been in a much worse state. Thankfully, despite everything, she is now a lot healthier and slowly but surely learning to trust people again.

Stell, the founder of NMDOG said,

“She was very, very afraid, and is still a little timid. If you raise your hand to do something, or move your hand too fast, she kind of ducks and cowers, like you’re going to hit her. I can’t imagine what somebody did to make her do that. But she is coming around with nice words and good, positive interactions.”

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With her new raccoon toy to play with, Violet has proven that at times she can be the care-free and happy dog she deserves to be.

Head over to NMDOG if you’re interested in adopting one of their gorgeous dogs, or even if you just want to donate towards their care.