The cruelty that some people are able to commit on helpless animals can leave us feeling hopeless at times … but there is nothing more amazing than watching the animal’s true spirit of love and resilience shine through, despite the horror they have endured. Caitlyn, the sweet Staffordshire bull terrier mix, whose story is featured in the above video, was left with “devastating injuries” this summer when her muzzle was callously taped shut. After being rescued by Charleston Animal Society (CAS), she began to recover from her traumatic ordeal … and her loving nature captured the hearts of animal lovers around the world.

The video above details the harrowing abuse this sweet girl suffered but then moves on to the joy of her best day ever. She was given a “bone to the city” by North Charleston Mayor R. Keith Summey, got to play “the ultimate game of fetch,” and spent the day as an honorary firehouse dog. After that, she got to enjoy a toy and treat bonanza with her shelter buddies! Bark Post also donated $1,000 to CAS, to help them continue their lifesaving work.

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