Dog leads chained dog to safety

By Juan Carlos Fanjul - bio | email

WEST PALM BEACH, FL (WFLX)-- A heartbreaking story of abuse, survival, and love.

Two dogs, found horribly malnourished, wandering the streets in downtown West Palm Beach and the only thing they had was each other.

According to Dianne Sauve, Director of Palm Beach County Animal Care and Control, 2 men spotted the two pit bulls dodging traffic along Banyan Boulevard.

A female pit and an emaciated male pit who was having trouble moving while dragging a huge metal chain from his neck.

He weighed 30 pounds, the chain 20 pounds.

It seems like both had escaped from deplorable conditions and the female dog, according to witnesses, was seemingly guiding the other dog.

"Attributing this to human emotions, the two men said the female dog went ahead of him, encouraging the make pit. She was like come on, this is our chance. We need to get out of here," said Sauve.

Staffers at Animal Care and Control have given the dogs names.

Brains, is the dark colored female pit.

Brawn, is the skinny beige colored pit bull, who is still very skinny and has heart worms.

They think he was chained up 24/7 with the construction grade chain.

They don't know where they came from, but it appears from a home close to the courthouse area.

Right now they are trying to round up people who would be interested in adopting them once they are ok.

"When you see the dog chained, you know this dog lived like this and he made it out thanks to the brains of the female," Sauve said laughing. "The Last thing you want to do is put the dogs to sleep."

Sauve adds it is illegal to tether a dog between 10 am and 5pm, especially with a chain like this one.

If you are interested in adopting Brains and Brawn, give Palm beach County Animal Care and Control a call at 561-233-1200.