A brutal story is moving toward a happy ending. A shelter in Arizona has received more than $20,000 in donations after it began caring for a young dog left hanging from a tree, reports AP. Sunny, a 2-year-old mix, is now recuperating in foster care. "She's getting her spirit back," says the director of the Pima Animal Care Center. "Even the look in the eye looks more trusting and hopeful, which is a testament to how resilient animals are." The dog was found earlier this month bound by yellow rope and hanging from a tree in Tucson, and police are treating it as a criminal investigation.
At the time, Tucson News Now quoted the shelter employee who rescued her: "When I first got down into the wash and went to go pick her up, she tried, that's the heartbreaking thing, she tried to lift her head up a little bit to say hello," he says. "But she just wasn't strong enough to." Sunny's medical bills are about $2,500, and the shelter will put the excess money toward care for the other animals there. See updates at the shelter's Facebook page. (Read more uplifting news stories.)