Kathy Wilkes-Myers is no stranger to tragic animal stories. As the owner of the Love Me Tender Animal Rescue in central Tennessee, she’s pretty much seen it all. Or so she thought…

One day, she discovered a Rottweiler on the side of the highway. It appeared to be lost, but nearby she discovered that it had made a den of sorts, filled with a random assortment of items. Kathy was confused at first, until she came to a heart-wrenching revelation…

We honestly can’t believe the way that story ended. Dogs really are the most loyal animals, and they don’t deserve to be treated this way.

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