When A Woman Spotted This Baby Creature In Desperate Need, She Immediately Called For Help

After following the puppy for quite some time, Gwen Maxwell was sure something was wrong. However, nothing could have ever prepared her for what she was about to see. As she finally got close to the little animal, it became clear that he’d been involved in a terrible accident.

In May 2013 Maxwell decided to take an early morning walk in her neighborhood in Arizona. As she stepped outside of her front door, though, the then 85-year-old noticed something pretty unusual: there was a little pup running across the deserted street.

Maxwell instantly became worried that this was someone’s missing pet. So she decided to follow the animal for a while to see where it was heading. However, the pup seemed skittish and quickly hid in some bushes to the side of Maxwell’s house.

The little animal remained there for hours. And when it finally reemerged, Maxwell became aware of the true scale of the predicament. You see, the critter was not a dog but a coyote, and painful cholla cactus covered the animal’s little body.

The awful sight was deeply upsetting for Maxwell. The excruciating spikes had impaled the poor creature’s legs, knees and shoulders. They were all over his face, too. “He’d get up and tumble around with all those chollas on him, and it was just so heartbreaking,” Maxwell told CBS 5 in 2013.