Two men were driving on the Trans-Canada Highway and stopped on the side of the road. There, near the bushes, they noticed what they thought at first was a strange bag. As one of them approached, he realized that it was not a bag, but something alive.
The “bag” moved and the men realized they were facing an animal stuck in the snow. It turned out to be a dog. The snow was knee-deep, and they were having trouble getting the trapped dog out so they contacted Steinbach and Area Animal Rescue.
“We were in snow past our knees, so it was very difficult to reach her and extremely cold, but we managed. There was also quite a bit of bush and shrubs in the way as well,” Neufeld, president of the rescue, told The Dodo. “When we got to her, we realized she was in a very rough shape and her whole body was full of mats. You could tell she’d been in the area for a while and she had tried to dig holes to make a bed.”
When rescuers arrived and took the dog out, they were horrified by his condition. The poor thing was covered in hair tangles. You could tell from the dog that he had spent some time in the snow – he had even tried to make himself a bed in the snow.
The poor thing was even having a hard time getting around, so they carried her to the car. At the shelter, they surrounded her with care and gave her the nickname Riley. The dog was found to have a high fever and weakness, but her condition was quickly restored. Specialists then took care of her hair tangles.
After a couple of hours of shearing, Riley was finally rid of the tangles and looked like a normal dog. She never stopped thanking the rescuers who gave her a new life! Almost immediately, people began looking for owners for this beautiful dog, and one family was happy to take her in.