Chunk, 3-month-old pitbull puppy was abandoned, tied to a tree, and left out in the rain. It was a cold day in October in Sacramento and the No.14 crew of the local fire department were on their way to a call when they drove past her on the street. The poor dog was cold, shivering, and obviously suffering from mange, she looked terrified and confused as the crew drove by, unable to stop and help her.
But after they had responded to their call, firefighter Mike Thawley decided they should double back and scoop up the pup on their way to the station. The team piled plenty of love on her back at the firehouse. They gave her a bath to warm her up as well as lots of cuddles. The dog’s legs were swollen and covered in scabs, and she had lost most of her hair due to mange, a common skin ailment in mistreated dogs. After some much needed care, they took her to the Front Street Animal Shelter so she could receive further treatment and hopefully find a home too.
At the shelter, the staff started to treat her mange and put her in some warm clothes until her hair had grown back. Even though her mange was a mild, non-contagious type, her recovery and rehabilitation was still going to take some time. Mike Thawley returned to the shelter the next day because he couldn’t stop thinking about her. Clearly, Chunk had not forgotten her savior, and greeted him with so much enthusiasm, it’s adorable to see. Click below to watch the video!
“We all just kind of fell in love with her,” Thawley said according to the firefighter rescue that night. However, the rescue didn’t end there. Yet again, Thawley returned to the shelter with his wife and three daughters to see the pitbull puppy, it seemed like it wasn’t just Mike who was being won over by this bundle of joy. “Although Mike denies it, it appears by a vote of four to one that Chunk might wind up with a permanent home!” said the post on the Sacramento Fire Department Facebook page.
Firefighter Mike Thawley returned with his family to the Front Street Animal Shelter today. The group was there to bring foster puppy Chunk home. Chunk was rescued by Mike and the rest of the crew from Engine 14 last Sunday, and has been rehabilitating at the shelter. Although Mike denies it, it appears by a vote of four to one that Chunk might wind up with a permanent home! Thank you to Bobby Mann and the rest of the staff at Front Street Animal Shelter for continued outstanding service to our city. Please consider donating time or money to this worthy organization.
Posted by Sacramento Fire Department on Thursday, October 20, 2016
Well, turns out the post was right. It was a no-brainer for the Thawley family to start an adoption process and welcome Chunk to their family home. After they waited four months for her mange treatment to be completed as well receiving as a full bill of health, they were finally able to pick up their adopted pup and take her home. It was then they named her Chunk.
Front Street Animal Shelter spokesperson Bobby Mann said,“ I think what’s great about this whole story is that not only did this dog find its forever home, but had the opportunity to go to a foster home, which we’re always looking for at our shelter, to get happy and healthy.”
Click play below in the video to see how Chunk is doing after her treatment at the shelter and being reunited with her rescuer Mike Thawley!
Foster Fail: Sacramento Firefighter Mike Thawley, as part of the crew of Engine 14, rescued Chunk the puppy back in October. She was very sick and unhealthy, tied up to a fence and abandoned in the rain. Mike and the crew brought the dog to the Front Street Animal Shelter, where she began the long road of recovery. After Chunk had gotten a clean bill of health, Mike took her home as a foster puppy. However, his wife and three daughters quickly became attached to the dog, and it was only a matter of time before the Thawley family permanently adopted Chunk. Today, Mike came to Front Street to pick up Chunk one last time to take her to her forever home, as all her medical procedures are now finished. Way to go Firefighter Thawley, and thank you for your compassionate service! Front Street Animal Shelter – City of Sacramento
Posted by Sacramento Fire Department on Friday, February 3, 2017