You can only imagine what he's been through


Animal rights activists  in Brockton, Massachusetts were  appalled: they  had never before seen a dog in such wretched condition who was  still alive. The animal had obviously been roaming the streets with open wounds. It took some time until allowed them to get  close enough to be able to  examine  him. Only then did the full extent of the horror that this dog had gone through  become apparent.

Facebook/City of Brockton Animal Control Department

They washed the dog and his wounds. During the examination, they determined that he was probably about a year old. But he only weighed 15 lbs, dangerously little for an animal of his size. He must have really gone through something terrible  and now just needed some love and proper food.

Facebook/City of Brockton Animal Control Department

Initially, he was still very skeptical, but surprisingly became  trusting quite quickly  and just wanted  to kiss his rescuers. This is why he is given the name,  XO (hug and kiss). He quickly realized that he was now in a safe environment. He was so excited that he developed a condition called "Happy Tail
" syndrome. This is where a dog wags its tail uncontrollably  and can actually hurt itself  in the process. He was so excited about being rescued that he wagged his tail so much that he  ended up bleeding  from it.  After a while, carers also managed to get this back under control. XO eventually got  taken to Second Chance Rescue where  he is waiting to be adopted.

Facebook/City of Brockton Animal Control Department

Alyssa Ellman, who works there, recalled, "At first I wanted to cry when I saw him. It broke my  heart to see  a little guy in such a state." But XO is making great progress, the wounds are healing, he's put on 13 lbs, and soon he'll be adopted by a loving family. Even though  he still  carries a few traces of the past, you can clearly see that XO is one handsome little guy.


>> CLICK FOR MORE ON (NEXT PAGE)