Dottie was in terrible shape when rescuers found her. Stuck in hot, sticky tar, she was trapped in one spot, barely able to move, let alone reach food or water.

But kind, patient people pulled her gently from the tar and gave her much-needed medical attention. Battered, malnourished and suffering from heartworm, Dottie’s condition led rescuers to believe she had been used as a bait dog for cruel dogfighters.

But Dottie is a survivor. Cleaned up and nursed back to health, she looks like a whole new dog.

One thing, however, is still missing from her life — a forever home. Dottie is now ready to be adopted; for more information, visit Second Chance Rescue in New York, NY.

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