A dog was found on August 22nd nearly starved to death in an alley in Wichita, Kansas, locked in a kennel behind a dumpster. The dog’s nose and gums were ghost white and she could hardly move.
The person who initially found the dog didn’t know if they could help, so called their friend Diana Frye. “I mean, I’ve seen a lot of sad looking dogs and I’m kind of used to it so I wasn’t expecting to break down but as soon as I saw her my heart fell to the floor. It was horrible.” Frye said.
Frye, who has worked with many dogs. Frye is used to seeing dogs that are bent out of shape, but said “I’ve never seen anything like it.”
Frye took Tatum to an emergency vet immediately to have the dog checked out. At the vet they gave her an IV to replenish lost fluids and she was released to Frye, who has taken her in and cared for her ever since. Tatum has since been on the road to recovery and is happy and healthy in her new home. She has become something of a celebrity and is even known as the “shop dog” at the auto shop where Frye works.
Frye is taking what could have been a tragedy and turning it into something positive.
She has been telling her and Tatum’s story and sharing the photos to try and raise awareness of animal neglect and cruelty. The slogan they have adopted is a simple “If you see something, say something.”
Frye also started a Facebook page “Team Tatum,” to help spread awareness about animal neglect and cruelty. Frye is hoping the new campaign will spread. The chief of police in Wichita saw Tatum’s story online and contacted Frye, since then several meetings have been set up to decide how to grow the campaign further.
Frye isn’t part of any advocacy or rescue groups but she and the owners of Woody’s Automotive shop have rescued more than 20 dogs. “We’ve got be aware, teach our children to look for this and tell somebody.”
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