After lots of love and medical care, neglected Chihuahua found tied outside Waterford-East Lyme Animal Control has found her forever home.
Six-year-old "Hope" was found tied to a pipe outside the animal control facility with a host of health problems. Her toenails were so long they had curled around her paws and were cutting into the pads, her teeth had rotted and her body was riddled with tumors and skin problems.
But with lots of TLC, Hope was nursed back to health and went home with her excited new owner on Firday.
"This little pup has touched all our hearts as we followed her journey through the animal shelter," an Animal Control officer wrote on the facility's Facebook page. "From her very sad entrance to her very happy exit, her turn around has been miraculous and I am very proud to be part of such a great community, the way people came together to get this pup the medical attention she needed made me very proud."
Hope's recovery was thanks in part to donations from community members who pitched in to help cover the cost of her medical expenses.