Jan. 6– Hardin Animal Relocation and Transition Team – HARTT – received a call from a remote area of Ramer about two puppies that had been dumped, one severely injured, right before Christmas.
The blond lab mix, now known as Chip Hartt, has become an international phenomenon.
His story has gone viral with Hartt volunteers handling literally thousands of emails and phone calls from around the world.
A post office box has been set up to handle the incoming mail and gifts.
“We had no idea it would get this much notoriety,” said Hartt founder Jennifer Pennick. “It exploded beyond anything we could have imagined.
“At first we told his story hoping to raise the funds to get him the medical help he needs. We exceeded that goal and now we just want people to be aware of the animal cruelty going on in our area.”
The facial disfigurement and obvious pain it was causing was the immediate concern of volunteer Julie Marecki when she rescued him.
“He just looked miserable and smelled terrible. He had oozing eyes and sores on his muzzle and a swollen mouth. The hair up to his eyelids was completely gone,“ said Marecki.