LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - A miracle dog named "Kaden" now has a second chance at life thanks to a few good Samaritans here in Deep East Texas.
"The dog could barely stand. Just horrible, horrible condition. The dog literally smelled like death," said Wendy Fulghum, one of several involved in Kaden's rescue.
Little Kaden IS desperately clinging to life after being discovered by an east Texas resident.
"I broke down crying, I mean, it was awful," Fulghum said.
It was over a week ago when the neglected 4-year-old pit bull was found in the Cedar Grove area near the Ellen Trout Zoo.
"Gosh, I mean, the wounds were probably the size of a half dollar, if not larger on his tailbones. I've heard some people say that it was probably because the dog was kept in a confined area, so basically like bed sores," Fulghum said.
A reality so harsh and twisted, Fulghum knew the path toward Kaden's recovery wouldn't be one traveled smoothly. And with the power of social media, within hours, support poured through.
"I mean we had pledges from all over Angelina County," Fulghum said.
Enough to get little Kaden into Southwood Animal Clinic, where doctors there feared he might have been used as a bait dog.
"I looked at Dr. Penn and I said, 'Do whatever you've got to do. Let's give him a couple of days. ke obviously wants to fight. we'll just take it from there,'" Fulghum said.
It was a tremendous outpouring of support from strangers simply rallying around one helpless pup.
"It makes me want to cry. I mean it's infuriating. I don't understand how anybody can be that cruel, I really don't, and it's a big problem in Angelina County," Fulghum said.
And with no arrests made, it's a problem she hoping will see an end soon.
"I wish everybody had the passion that I did. These animals don't have a voice. They shouldn't have to be fought, so that you can make money. There's no sense in it, it's ridiculous. If you're that hard up for money, go out and get a job like everybody else," Fulghum said.
Kaden is now at a vet in the North Texas area where he is expected to make a full recovery.
If you have any information on this case, you're asked to call the Angelina County Sheriff's Office.