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Thirty days came and went since the eviction notice was posted, and after several unsuccessful attempts to reach the tenant-in-default by phone, the landlord decided to drive by the property to take back the key. Noticing no car in the driveway, he approached the porch and could see into the front room through the large bay window that although the furnishings were gone, and a lot of debris remained on the floor. He rang the doorbell, which was promptly answered by a dog barking from inside the house.
After a neighbor told him that the tenant had moved out about two weeks before, the landlord called Animal Refugee Response for help. When ARR opened the door of the house, several rats scurried from sight. The dog was in dreadful condition, weak and so gaunt that her ribs showed through her golden coat. Left for two weeks with no food or water, and no way out of the house, she needed urgent care.
The ARR representative rummaged through the kitchen and found a bowl, rinsed out the rat droppings, and brought water to the emaciated dog who eagerly lapped up every drop. Equipped with a pouch of dog treats, he emptied the contents in front of the starving animal and she devoured the food offered her. Kayla was brought to ARR's facility and nursed slowly back to health. She lived the rest of her life in the constant warm company of people, and was able to slowly let the nightmare she lived fade away.