Pitbull Got Tied To A Tree, Left To Die – Yet She Never Stopped Guarding Her Precious Secret

Pit bulls get a bad rap. Many people believe that pit bulls are aggressive, dangerous and capable of snapping at any moment. The reality is that these dogs are a victim of irresponsible pet owners. Properly raised pit bulls are surprisingly gentle dogs that do well in homes with children and other pets. Don't believe us? Allow us to introduce you to Lara.

Lara's owner decided that they no longer wanted her, so they tied the dog to a tree in the middle of the forest. The heartless humans left Lara terrified and alone, with no access to food or water. Rescuers believe Lara spent at least two weeks tied to that tree before they found her. She was severely dehydrated and malnourished. They were surprised that she had survived, and they were even more surprised to discover that she'd given birth.

Lara was guarding five adorable puppies when she was found. A veterinarian determined that the puppies were about 10 days old. Lara managed to keep her puppies alive, despite the horrible circumstances she found herself in, for more than a week. That's an amazing feat.

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Lara and her puppies were taken in by a local rescue in Greece. The smallest of her pups did not survive, but the other four are thriving. They'll eventually be put up for adoption. As for Lara, she struggled to adjust to her new life. She was so traumatized that she refused to eat, but her rescuers were not about to give up on her.

With lots of love and patience, Lara recovered from her ordeal. She eventually learned to trust her foster mom, and she continues to care for her four surviving puppies. Lara now enjoys playing fetch and napping in the sunshine. She gets nervous when it's time to go outside, but who can blame her after what she went through?

Lara's rescuers believe that her original owners no longer wanted the dog when they realized she was pregnant. There's a good chance that local shelters refused to take her because she's a pit bull. Maybe her owners tried to abandon her before, and she found her way home, so they tied her to a tree. It's heartbreaking, but animals are abandoned by their owners every single day.

More than 480,000 pit bulls are euthanized in shelters every year in the United States. The American Pit Bull Foundation is working to erase the stigmas surrounding the variety of dog breeds that are classified as pit bulls, but they can't do it alone.

We want to stop the spread of misinformation about these amazing animals. Tag your friends and help us tell the world about Lara's incredible survival story.