Meet Tom, the emaciated pooch who spent the first four years of his life being chained to a tree, not getting enough food and water. His cruel Alabama-based owner didn’t care about the dog’s health issues, ranging from worms, to mange – or about the fact that the dog was seriously underweight, weighing less than 40 pounds at the time of his rescue.

Luckily, animal protection groups heard about Tom and took him to an adoption event in Minnesota, where he met his future owner. “I was drawn to him initially because he was one of a dozen or so dogs, and the only one not barking, whining, or jumping around,” writes Tom’s new ‘parent’.

When his current owner took the doggie home, he sat at the entry for around two minutes. “I was concerned he didn’t have the strength to make it up the stairs. But eventually, he slowly made his way up into his new home.”

Tom was taken to the vet, who said the doggie had a fractured tooth and needed to undergo treatment for heartworm. However, Tom’s future is bright – today the pooch weighs almost 70 pounds, and is one happy dog!

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Meet Tom, the emaciated dog who spent the first four years of his life being chained to a tree…

Meet Tom, the emaciated dog who spent the first four years of his life being chained to a tree…

He had worms and mange and weighed less than 40 pounds at the time of his rescue…

He had worms and mange and weighed less than 40 pounds at the time of his rescue…

Never getting enough food, water, or the medical care he needed

Never getting enough food, water, or the medical care he needed

Rescuers took Tom to an adoption event, where he met his future owner

Rescuers took Tom to an adoption event, where he met his future owner

“I was drawn to him… he was… the only one not barking, whining, or jumping around”

“I was drawn to him… he was… the only one not barking, whining, or jumping around”

The new ‘parent’ gave all the love and care Tom needed

The new ‘parent’ gave all the love and care Tom needed

“Eventually, he slowly made his way up into his new home”

“Eventually, he slowly made his way up into his new home”

Tom’s future is bright – today the canine weighs almost 70 pounds, and is one happy dog!

Tom’s future is bright – today the canine weighs almost 70 pounds, and is one happy dog!

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