This puppy was brought in to a veterinary office in New Jersey. Barely alive, his skin was stretched over his skeleton, and he seemed destined to die. But thanks to a team of amazing human beings, his story will make you believe in miracles.
Before that, his cruel owner had tied him to a railing and left him there for a week.
No one at Garden State Veterinary Services thought that he'd make it through the night, but somehow, he did.
They named him Patrick since he was discovered the day before St. Patrick's Day... but this little dog wasn't out of the woods yet.
At just 19 pounds and with a body temperature so low that it didn't register on the thermometer, his chances for survival were slim.
He needed to have a massive hairball removed from his stomach before he could even eat again.
Everyone was rooting for the skinny puppy, and Patrick was trying his hardest to stay alive.
Every day that he continued to live was a victory.
His horrible abuse had left him wary and fearful of humans.
As his story spread, Patrick began to gain a following of admirers.
Slowly, his weathered face showed signs of life.
He was beginning to resemble a dog instead of a skeleton.
He learned to trust the people who had been taking care of him.
... even if he didn't always understand what they were doing to him.
As his health improved, everyone at the veterinary hospital became more optimistic.
Patrick had begun to steadily put on weight... and develop a twinkle in his eye.
The worst days were behind him.
The staff's next challenge was teaching Patrick to live like a dog again.
As it turned out, he was pretty playful!
His story has been used to advocate for stricter animal abuse laws, which are desperately needed across the country.