Shelter dog so frozen with fear she won’t turn face away from wall and vet recognizes abuse

Scared, lonely, and confused, this black Labrador retriever in North Carolina would cower in the corner, terrified stiff facing only the wall. Yesterday he woke up in a warm bed, waiting to be fed, today he went to a place where there are 275 dogs barking to be freed, and doors are banging shut all the time.

When Tammy Graves, founder of the Hailey Graves Foundation, first saw June Cash, she knew the dog needed help. Just seeing the dog lying in the corner was too much for Graves. So she made arrangements to place her in foster care.

Graves, shocked by the dog’s condition, rescued June from the shelter and immediately took her to the vet.

The vet treated her for a severe heartworm infection and also found signs of past abuse.

Though it was heartbreaking, she was better off being left at the shelter by her former owner.

Meanwhile, she was learning to trust people at her foster home as she realized that everyone involved in her recovery was just trying to help her. Eventually, she felt comfortable enough to approach her foster dad.

She was adopted by Amber Barlow and her family on Christmas Eve Day. Now, June would get the chance at the life she never had.

“The first time I saw her picture, I knew she was mine,” Barlow told News & Record. “Nothing was going to keep me from her. This was my baby.”


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