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In October, a woman found Totopo chained up outside a house near Cancun, Mexico. The 3-year-old pit bull mix didn’t have food, water or any shelter — and his chain was so short, he couldn’t even lie down to sleep. Instead, he had to lean his head against the chain to get any rest, according to THE DODO.

Totopo also had ringworm and mange, and his skin had been burnt in multiple places.

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Totopo after he was flown to New York | Animal Haven

“The crop job on his ears looked like they had been done with scissors or a knife,” Tiffany Lacey, director of Animal Haven, a group that finds homes for abandoned dogs and cats, told The Dodo. “And his canines were shaved down.”

When the woman who found him knocked on the door of the house, a family greeted her and explained that Totopo was being kept outside as punishment for chasing a chicken. The woman managed to talk the family into surrendering Totopo to her. Then she took the abused dog to her friend, Matteo Saucedo, who runs Riviera Rescue AC.

When Lacey saw a photo of Totopo on Facebook, she knew she wanted to help him, even though she was based in New York City and he was thousands of miles away. “It was one of the most horrific photos I’ve ever seen of a dog,” she said.

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Totopo in New York | Animal Haven

Lacey reached out to Saucedo, and made arrangements to transfer Totopo to New York, where Lacey and the Animal Haven team would help him find a home.

“He just arrived a few days ago last week, and Matteo flew him here himself,” Lacey said last Tuesday. “He came with two other dogs that we accepted — one is named Temo and the other one is Clarita — and both of those [other] dogs are paralyzed.”

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