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One animal shelter is calling it the worst case of abuse they've ever seen after rescuing a mom and her pups from deadly conditions.
Wagging tails and lots of licks is not something you would expect from dogs so close to death just days ago.
Anne Halbert, Board President of Start Over Rover says it's difficult, "just imagining that someone can do this."
For the mother dog, Sissy, and her crew it's been a long road.
It's one that started in Martinsville, Louisiana with a chicken coop and a chain.
"Mama was tied with a chain around her neck, and they said it was so tight that it was actually cutting off her head," Halbert said.
Then, help came.
The dogs were mangled and flea infested and missing limbs and eyes. They were rescued and taken to a shelter.
But, their injuries were just too bad and too expensive.
"To me it seemed horrible that these animals would be saved from this horrible situation only to be taken to a shelter to be euthanized," Halbert said.
They were scheduled to be put down, but not before the shelter made one last attempt to save them by reaching out to other agencies.
That's when Start Over Rover, the no kill shelter in Hastings, heard about the case.
Almost 17 hours and 1,000 miles later, the pups found a new home in Hastings.
"If an animal is in need, you go wherever you need to go," Halbert said.
But, the journey wasn't an easy one. The abuse was just too bad for one pup and he died on the way to Nebraska.
"It's so sad to think that you were so close to giving them a fresh start and having that happen," Halbert said.
Now, they're in a safe home. The next step is a forever home.
"We will absolutely find that wonderful homes where all they'll know the rest of their life is love and being spoiled and being part of a family," Halbert said.
The dogs' medical costs will be expensive, Halbert said. The shelter welcomes any kind of donation of pet supplies or monetary gifts.