Blind Dog Rescued from Trash Pile Gets Sight Back [Video]

A dog named Fiona was found blind and living in a trash pile—until she was rescued by some animal lovers.

An awfully sick, blind and frozen dog was found cowering in a Los Angeles trash dump last year. Now the story of her miraculous recovery has become an internet hit.

“She was just so defeated,” said Eldad Hagar, who captured the rescue on video, said. “Blind, filthy, everything was going against her. There seemed to be no hope there.”

According to Huff Post, Eldad Hargar and his wife Audrey are the founders of Hope For Paws, an animal rescue organization based in Los Angeles. The organization was establish in order to take care of lost and abused animals.

So, luckily for Fiona, Eldad and his wife gathered the traumatized dog in their arms and immediately took her home. They shaved off her matted fur and cleaned off the dirt – thus beginning Fiona’s miraculous transformation.

Vets confirmed that she was 100 percent blind in both eyes. Thanks to a nationwide fundraising effort spearheaded by the Hagars, Fiona received a $4,000 eye surgery that replaced the lens in one of her eyes, partially restoring her vision. (Unfortunately, her other eye had been too badly damaged by glaucoma to be saved.)

Having undergone the surgery, Fiona – a poodle mix – was adopted and as Eldad Hagar assured, is “doing amazing.” The couple hopes that Fiona’s story will inspire others to help lonely abandoned animals.

“We’re so happy that people are watching this and learning,” Eldad Hagar said. “We want people to react to this. Next time you see an animal on the street, call someone or do something. If you can’t help, then get help.”

He added that sometimes all they need is a bath. “The change is instant,” he explained. “You can take a dog off the street or out of a shelter who is absolutely terrified and you just give them a bath and show them some attention. They feel so much better, immediately. It’s so incredible. ”

Hagar and his wife rescue several animals a week in the Los Angeles area. He frequently videotapes the rescues and posts them on his YouTube page. For the past four years, the couple has been fostering the animals they rescue (about 500 of them) in their home, cage-free, until they are adopted.

“In L.A. alone we have 30,000 stray dogs at any moment,” Hagar said. “People are walking by, seeing dogs like this and doing nothing. We would just love to have people change their behavior. Call someone. Call me. Call a rescue organization. Become a foster parent to a dog.”

“I really want to encourage more people to foster dogs. It really does not take that much effort,” said Hagar, who is fostering five at the moment. “It’s so rewarding to take an animal from the worst conditions possible and to see them go from there to what Fiona became at the end. It’s amazing.”

“That’s why we call the organization ‘Hope For Paws’, because there is hope,” he added. “We just need to make it happen. About 10 days ago, I had this idea to combine the two videos into one video,” Eldad Hagar told reporters. “It was the best decision I ever made in my life.”

The Hagars’ video of Fiona’s rescue and recovery has since gone viral. The YouTube page has more than 48,000 hits and a number of news organizations have reported her story.

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