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Driver distraught when she notices something on the edge of a highway bridge

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A volunteer from the Sociedad Protectora de Animales y Plantas de Malaga noticed something strange on a highway bridge as she was driving home from her shift.

By Justine Seraphin

Published on the 29/05/2020, 12:00, Updated on the 08/02/2021, 13:28


A Podenco-type dog was walking along the edge of the highway bridge, and she was dangerously close to falling.

Right place at the right time

So the volunteer of course pulled over and approached the dog, trying to help. But the poor pooch was so scared that she started backing away, getting closer and closer to the precipice.

Then suddenly, she slipped off the edge, and it seemed as though she would be falling onto the busy road below to her death. But the volunteer caught her just in time. In her panic, the dog sank her teeth into the volunteer’s arms, but that didn’t deter the woman. She pulled the pup back onto the bridge, carried her to her car, and drove her to the shelter.

An abusive past

It took a lot of time for Haya, as she was later named, to gain trust in humans. Most of the time, she cowered to the ground when she was approached, trembling and anxious. She had clearly been abused in her past life.

And what happened to her next didn’t help either. She was adopted by a family, but became so over-protective of the child that she wouldn’t let the father close. If the family had been willing to commit to her training, the behavioural problems could’ve been fixed. But this family didn’t have the patience, and they brought Haya back to the shelter.

In need of a break

Haya was now saved from her near-death experience four years ago! She is a completely different dog than when she came in: confident, active, social, and trainable. All she needs now is a home and a family who will love her. Could that be you?

If you're interested in knowing more about Haya, get in touch with her rescue through this link.