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Kerry Haney was relaxing at her home in New Jersey one night in late September when all of a sudden, she started getting dozens of calls, texts and Facebook notifications. Her community knows Haney as an avid volunteer with Don’t Bully Us Rescue and an animal lover and rescuer in general — and everyone was contacting her to alert her to a dog in an unbelievably awful situation.

“I received six phone calls, a dozen or so text messages and hundreds of [Facebook] tags about a dog, padlocked to a tree in Swedesboro, starving to death,” Haney told The Dodo. “His head was padlocked in a position that he could not move his head an inch. There was no food, no water and he was sitting in his own feces and urine. In my pajamas, I went out to the address that was sent to me to see if this dog was in fact out there and if there was any chance I could speak with the family to see if I could help.”

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