Dog abandoned under house gets a second chance

Puppy abandoned by owners but then rescued
(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - A puppy found locked underneath a home and abandoned is now happily living at the Northeast Arkansas Humane Society.

The puppy's original owner left the dog at a house and moved away.

"He was abandoned at his former owner's house and they put him in the crawl space underneath the home," Humane Society Director Margaret Shepherd said.

Thankfully, a neighbor heard the puppy crying and rescued him from under the house, but it took three days to get to him.

"She finally was successful and brought him to us," Shepherd said.

The puppy's name is now Preston and he is doing much better, according to Shepherd.

"He is feeling much better now," she said. "He is wagging his tail and is eating like a champ and he is going to be just fine."

Preston was not only abandoned, but he also suffers from a disorder called puppy strangles.

The condition is a skin disorder that primarily affects the face, but it can get worse.

"He has sores and they can get inflammation of the lymph nodes and in severe cases it causes a type of arthritis," Shepherd said.

Shepherd said the good news is there is treatment for puppy strangles and Preston is now getting that medicine.

She said Preston will stay at the humane society for a little while longer so the doctor can check on him every day.

Once he heals more, Preston will be moved to a foster home to fully recover. When he is completely healed, he will be put up for adoption.

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