As dog lovers, we are always perplexed when we hear news about people subjecting animals to horrific forms of abuse. When we look into the faces of our furry friends, we’re instantly filled with a feeling of love and of course, that overwhelming need to scratch behind their ears, smother them with kisses, and give them all the treats in the world – just for being. But some people don’t harbor such kind feelings towards dogs.

Unfortunately, Lizka the Terrier did not experience this sort of treatment from the people who were keeping her. This poor pup was forced to live in a tiny cage, deprived of water and food and when rescuers from OTOZ Animals, a Poland-based animal rescue, found Lizka she was in a horrible state. Years of life in this small cage left her with severely contracted muscles and broken spirit. Her rescuers describe her as if she was waiting to die, all alone in her filthy cage.

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Thankfully, because of the incredible people at OTOZ Animals, these days soon ended for Lizka. The pup was rushed into an emergency vet clinic and given all the proper medical attention she needed to recover from the physical pain and trauma she had suffered.

After a lot of care, Lizka is doing much better! OTOZ Animals recently shared this video of her running – and looking happy as can be!

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While she still has some mobility issues in her back legs, her spirit seems to be stronger than ever! The way she lovingly scoots over to greet her caretakers shows how far this resilient pup has come from the scared, abused dog in the photo above.

This incredible transformation is a testament to how far kindness and love can go when it comes to rebuilding the will to live in an animal. Lizka might have known nothing but pain, suffering, and confusion in her early life – but those days will soon be a distant memory thanks to OTOZ Animals!

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To learn more about this awesome rescue organization and track Lizka’s progress, check out their Facebook page.

All image source: OTOZ Animals/Facebook