Partner spotlight: In Bali, two men show great courage protecting an abused dog

Janice Girardi of the International Fund for Animal Welfare-supported Bali Animal Welfare Association (BAWA) has shared this heartbreaking story of a dog dumped in a river and desperately trying to find a safe place to call home. - HL

River.River, as we’re now calling her, is a Bali dog who is currently under our care at the BAWA clinic. Her tale is a heartbreaking story of an owner’s capacity for cruelty to his pet and the amazing loyalty and unconditional love of a Bali dog. 

River was thrown by her owner from a bridge to be drowned in a river, after being thrashed by him for the crime of eating a chicken.

Despite the amount of cruel treatment and beatings she had received, she dragged herself to the river bank and crawled back home to her owner.

It may be hard to comprehend why she would go back to a human who wanted her dead – but this speaks volumes for the unconditional love a dog has for its owner.

What happened when she got back to her home speaks volumes for the capacity of a human being to abuse and violate the bond of unconditional love.

Beaten, wet, shivering with fear and cold, River arrived at her home.

When her owner saw her he beat her again, this time with a wooden broom stick, so hard was the beating that the stick broke into pieces.

Olivier and Agung, great friends and supporters of BAWA happened to be in River’s village at that time. They called BAWA and also learned that some other people had threatened to kill River and make her into that night’s dinner.

We dispatched our ambulance at break neck speed and Agung bravely stood by River and waited for us to come.

During the wait, someone else decided that River should be killed for a ceremony.

We really thank Olivier and Agung for being there and for saving River’s life.

BAWA vets found that River has no major physical injuries; she does have a broken knuckle on her front paw and bruising behind her right eye.  But understandably, she is incredibly emotionally traumatized. At the BAWA clinic, she sits in the corner with her skinny body trembling.

It is heartbreaking to see her reaction whenever a person comes nearby, she won’t hide or bark, instead she stays exactly where she is, ducking her head slightly as if she expects more beatings.

Our volunteers at the clinic are working with all of their hearts to help River heal her emotional wounds.

Her paw and bruise will heal in time, but time alone will not be enough to heal her emotional wounds.

It will take a lot of love and care to rebuild her trust in humans.

For now, River can at least rest easy because her life is no longer in danger even though it will take her a while to realise this.  

Her saviours Olivier and Agung will also help to re-home her, and maybe even adopt her themselves if it is possible. 

We believe only education can help more dogs like River.

Education programs can help people to understand more about loving animals and the importance of animal welfare and especially in Bali, about Bali dogs.

--HL

Comments: 38

 
Anonymous
2 years ago

WHAT IS WRONG WITH PEOPLE TO TREAT OR DO TO ANY ANIMAL LIKE THIS ??.. DEAR GOD PLEASE PLEASE MAY THIS SWEET LITTLE RIVER NOW FIND LOVE & KINDNESS.. FOR WHAT SHE HAS BEEN THROUGH.. SHE DESERVES IT.. IF ONLY ONE COULD PUNISH ALL THESE WICKED SCUM BAGS WHO HAVE NO RESPECT FOR ANIMALS I WISH THEY COULD BE PUT THROUGH THE SAME TREATMENT THEY INFLICT ON THE POOR SOULS.
THANK YOU OLIVIER & AGUNG FOR THE KINDNESS SHOWN.
EDUCATION IS THE WAY FORWARD FOR THE FUTURE I HOPE & PRAY FOR THE ANIMALS.

 
Anonymous
2 years ago

Thank Olivier and Agung for saving her. I hope they can adopt her. I loving caring dog that like that needs a good home. If she were here USA I would adopt her.

 
Anonymous
2 years ago

Olivier and Agung are fabulous!!!!! The world needs more people like them!!!

 
Anonymous
2 years ago

For every action there is a reaction. According to the law of karma, if we cause

pain and suffering to other living beings, we must endure pain and suffering in

return, both individually and collectively. We reap what we sow, in this life and

the next, for nature has her own justice. No one can escape the law of karma.

 
Anonymous
2 years ago

I certainly hope the owner of this poor delightful dog is DEALT with severely and that he is NEVER NEVER allowed to have a dog again.
Maybe he should do "hard labour" for a year and his wages go towards looking after other animals.
I hope his photo and story is posted on Facebook.
He is a COWARD of the worst proportions.
Thank God for you wonderful people.

 
Anonymous
2 years ago

That's how great and steadfast an animal's love and faithfulness. Some of these humans are not fit to be called a human. Shame on such beings. Thank you, Olivier and Agung for what you both did. God Bless you and all at Bawa clinic.

 
Anonymous
2 years ago

so sad, poor little River. im so happy she is safe. Thank you Agung and Olivier, real heroes xx

 
Anonymous
2 years ago

I am so tired of the ignorance of the human being. People that abuse animals have a higher rate of abusing humans.
Thank you IFAW and Hanna for writing this story. We do need reminders that animals are abused all over the world.
God Bless everyone taking care of River. May River have the best life going forward.
Shame to the owner. Bad Karma on him forever.

 
Anonymous
2 years ago

I will take her

 
Anonymous
2 years ago

I tried not to cry as I was reading this at work this morning. I can't imagine how River must have felt as she was beaten and abused by the one person she loved. and what's worse is that abuses like this happens every day..even in civilized countries. I'm from Vancouver, Canada, and just last month a dog was beaten to death by his owner and thrown in dumpster. Who are these monsters anyways? I hope they get what they deserve and thousand times worse. If I see them, I'll spit in their ugly faces.

Thank you IFAW for all your love and compassion.

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