Could you imagine being abandoned in a barn, covered in matted, dirty fur that reeked of stink, not able to eat or see? We certainly can’t imagine such suffering but unfortunately, for two dogs that was their reality.

Bob Marley the dog and Rita (named after Bob Marley’s wife) were found deserted in a barn behind an elderly woman’s home and immediately sent to Southern Cross Animal Rescue, a Mississippi-based animal rescue.


As you can see in the below video, Bob Marley, the male, was in horrible condition. The rescue noted on their Facebook page that, “The smell is unbelievable. The only way to describe it is that he smells like towels that have been soured for months- only worse.”

Bob Marley’s overgrown fur was so awful that he could barely see or eat. 

Bob Marley is understandably scared of humans, but the rescue says that he finds comfort in Rita, the female dog he was found with. 

Rita does not look as bad as Bob Marley, but she was still matted and has very few teeth left. 


Bob Marley and Rita are currently at Parkside Animal Hospital receiving the treatment they so desperately need.

The pair had a much need grooming, but they will possibly need to be treated for skin infections.

We know the recovery time will be long, but we are thankful that Bob Marley and Rita at least have each other during this traumatic experience. 




Thank you to Southern Cross Animal Rescue for helping these two! As you can imagine, the costs for Bob Marley and Rita are quickly adding up. The rescue notes on their Facebook page that they are in need of large or extra large kennels to house Bob Marley and Rita while they heal. If you are able to donate to help cover the costs, you can do so here.

To learn more about Southern Cross Animal Rescue and the great way they do on behalf of our four-legged friends, click here.


If you happen to come across a dog or cat, or any other animal in need, check out these Animal Rescue Hotlines. Always best to be prepared!

Image Source: Southern Cross Animal Rescue/Facebook