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Sun Feb 10, 2019, 11:12 PM

Little Puppy Found With Mouth Taped Shut Thanks The Man Who Saved Him

“I was awestruck because I didn't think he remembered me” 🤗💕

By Mary Schwager

Bob Hoelter wonders if some divine intervention was at work one frigid winter night in Griffith, Indiana, last month — because if he hadn’t decided to walk 2 miles to his local store that evening, things may have turned out a lot differently.

“I usually drive. That night I decided I needed some exercise,” Hoelter told The Dodo.

As Hoelter crossed a bridge, he heard a noise. He stopped. Then he heard it again. It was the saddest, most heartbroken whimper, coming from below.

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“I get my flashlight out because I always carry a flashlight with me,” Hoelter said. “I got to the bottom. I finally see him!”

And there, looking up at Hoelter, was a tiny, shivering, scared puppy. But Hoelter couldn’t believe what he noticed next: The pup’s muzzle was taped shut, wrapped with electrical tape.

“I'm like, ‘Oh, sh*t,” Hoelter said.

Hoelter knew he had to act quickly. Griffith Animal Hospital wasn’t far down the road, and he hoped they were still open.

“I just threw him in my jacket, crawled back up and started hoofing it to the animal hospital,” he said.

And the moment Hoelter burst through the clinic’s door, holding the puppy, is something Griffith Animal Hospital manager Lori Kovacich will never forget.

“I was out of my chair and in the lobby to get him in seconds,” Kovacich told The Dodo.

Horrified, Kovacich grabbed the puppy and raced him back to the veterinary staff. She moved so quickly, she never grabbed Hoelter’s name and number. “I think I kind of had tunnel vision,” she said.



Hoelter, happy the puppy was in good hands, headed back out to his original destination, the store.

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The staff later discovered the pup also had a broken leg, which would require surgery. They believe someone threw him off the bridge and missed the water, and the puppy landed on the ground.

Kovacich, so upset about the puppy’s condition, posted on the animal hospital’s Facebook page: “In my 30 years of working here, I never thought I'd see this … in real life.”

Her post caught the attention of many local residents, including Mary Witting. She and her husband, Doug, are longtime clients of the vet clinic.

The couple recently lost their beloved dog and had sworn they weren’t going to get another anytime soon — until they read about the pup’s sad story.

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While Kovacich and the Wittings were thrilled about Louie’s future, the man who had saved Louie remained a mystery. Kovacich kicked herself for not getting his number.

Then another incredible twist of fate happened: Hoelter’s niece caught the Facebook post about Louie and helped reunite everyone with her uncle.

And on the emotional reunion day, the most excited attendee turned out to be Louie, who recognized his hero.

“I was awestruck because I didn't think he remembered me,” Hoelter said. “They sat him down and he ran right to me.”





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https://www.thedodo.com/close-to-home/man-rescues-puppy-with-muzzle-taped-shut





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Reply Little Puppy Found With Mouth Taped Shut Thanks The Man Who Saved Him (Original post)
catbyte Sunday OP
notdarkyet Sunday #1
ailsagirl Monday #15
rebe303 Monday #41
Ferrets are Cool Monday #38
rebe303 Monday #42
Ferrets are Cool Monday #43
Beakybird Sunday #2
Bayard Sunday #3
Duppers Monday #21
ProudMNDemocrat Sunday #4
Haggis for Breakfast Sunday #5
PatrickforO Monday #9
JudyM Sunday #6
area51 Monday #7
PatrickforO Monday #8
LW1977 Monday #10
calimary Monday #12
rusty quoin Monday #17
yaesu Monday #11
Dem2theMax Monday #13
samplegirl Monday #14
narnian60 Monday #30
3catwoman3 Monday #16
BigmanPigman Monday #18
More_Cowbell Monday #19
BigmanPigman Monday #22
Evolve Dammit Monday #33
Duppers Monday #20
catbyte Monday #28
Judi Lynn Monday #23
catbyte Monday #29
Lunabell Monday #24
niyad Monday #25
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ooky Monday #27
TNNurse Monday #31
Evolve Dammit Monday #32
red dog 1 Monday #34
LiberalFighter Monday #35
Honeycombe8 Monday #36
ProfessorGAC Monday #37
BigOleDummy Monday #39
Stuart G Monday #40

Response to catbyte (Original post)

Sun Feb 10, 2019, 11:32 PM

1. What a cutie. Glad he got rescued. His play areas look like my dogs. What is wrong with people?

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Response to notdarkyet (Reply #1)

Mon Feb 11, 2019, 01:00 AM

15. Good question: what IS wrong with people??

I can't really describe how infuriated that kind of thing makes me.

So glad he was rescued.

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Response to ailsagirl (Reply #15)

Mon Feb 11, 2019, 09:42 PM

41. Pup power

And of course BLOTUS hates dogs. 'Nuff said.

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Response to notdarkyet (Reply #1)

Mon Feb 11, 2019, 07:56 PM

38. What is wrong with people?

This is exactly something that Agent Orange would do.

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Response to Ferrets are Cool (Reply #38)

Mon Feb 11, 2019, 09:46 PM

42. Right

You got there before me, well done. And Ferrets are sweet I agree.

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Response to rebe303 (Reply #42)

Mon Feb 11, 2019, 10:30 PM

43. We have been rescuing

ferrets for 20 years now. We do love our furkids.

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Response to catbyte (Original post)

Sun Feb 10, 2019, 11:32 PM

2. I love Dodo. I hope they don't go extinct like the dodo bird.

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Response to catbyte (Original post)

Sun Feb 10, 2019, 11:35 PM

3. So glad this little guy survived

The man that saved him is a hero.

On the other hand, "people" that do this kind of shit to an animal deserve to be hanged.

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Response to Bayard (Reply #3)

Mon Feb 11, 2019, 02:01 AM

21. I agree...

With your post above.

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Response to catbyte (Original post)

Sun Feb 10, 2019, 11:46 PM

4. The kind of people who do this to animals often graduate...

to such acts against humans.

This makes me sad.

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Response to catbyte (Original post)

Sun Feb 10, 2019, 11:49 PM

5. Remember this:

When serial murders and sadists are interviewed by mental health professionals, they almost always have one thing in common:

They tortured animals before they turned to people.

If you know someone who does this, don't walk away from them - RUN.

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Response to Haggis for Breakfast (Reply #5)

Mon Feb 11, 2019, 12:20 AM

9. Well, and turn them in. Not that it does any good, but

at least try to notify authorities.

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Response to catbyte (Original post)

Sun Feb 10, 2019, 11:53 PM

6. Wish they'd checked the electrical tape for prints, but they had to deal with the urgency.

Effing SOB.

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Response to catbyte (Original post)

Mon Feb 11, 2019, 12:02 AM

7. What the F is wrong with people who would do something like this?



Thank goodness the dog is all right now.

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Response to catbyte (Original post)

Mon Feb 11, 2019, 12:19 AM

8. What kind of slime would tape a puppy's mouth shut and then throw him off a bridge?

That tears your heart out. Good ending, but geez. I wish we knew who the jerk was that actually did that so he could be brought up on charges.

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Response to catbyte (Original post)

Mon Feb 11, 2019, 12:23 AM

10. Who are these sick people?

Thank god for decent people who rescue these angels.

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Response to LW1977 (Reply #10)

Mon Feb 11, 2019, 12:33 AM

12. No kidding.

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Response to LW1977 (Reply #10)

Mon Feb 11, 2019, 01:42 AM

17. I heard stories years ago, decades in fact, that unwanted puppies were put into

paper bags in the middle of the road to be run over.

They were stories, but here is another example of cruelty. I don’t know what to say.

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Response to catbyte (Original post)

Mon Feb 11, 2019, 12:25 AM

11. I'm glad this puppy was rescued by an Angel

I can't imagine any living being wanting to torture anything like this but I believe humans are the only species on Earth that could do such a cruel thing. I wonder is some idiot tried to drown the poor thing and it survived to be saved by this Angel.

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Response to catbyte (Original post)

Mon Feb 11, 2019, 12:41 AM

13. Why are my eyes wet?

Thank goodness Mr. Hoelter took that walk. How in the world could anybody do that to a little puppy?

Little Louie now looks like he has a whole lot of hands and arms to hold him and love him forever. And he looks like he is going to get away with chewing things up for his entire life!

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Response to catbyte (Original post)

Mon Feb 11, 2019, 12:46 AM

14. I read this story and by the fist picture I was crying

What kind of sick human monster could do something so cruel? Who wouldn’t want a pup? This dog would of been easy to get rid of with little to no work! He could of dropped it off anywhere without taping it’s mouth and thowing it over a bridge! Monsters that’s who people who should not be on this planet!
My cat is 17 years old and I pick him up to put him on my bed every night. If he jumps down to go use his litter box he comes back and meows for me to get out off bed and lift him back up. Sometimes a couple times a night why??? Because he needs help. If you can’t love Ann animal you just shouldn’t be alive!

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Response to samplegirl (Reply #14)

Mon Feb 11, 2019, 06:14 PM

30. +a million

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Response to catbyte (Original post)

Mon Feb 11, 2019, 01:17 AM

16. Circumstances such as these...

...are infuriating beyond words. The heartless perpetrator should have the same thing done to him/her, without a kind Mr. Hoelter walking by.

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Response to catbyte (Original post)

Mon Feb 11, 2019, 01:48 AM

18. What would tRump have done if he found the puppy?

I bet he would have kept on walking. I wonder if he tortured animals as a kid. I know he threw rocks at kids in their playpens.

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Response to BigmanPigman (Reply #18)

Mon Feb 11, 2019, 01:53 AM

19. That's hilarious. Trump doesn't walk anywhere. nt

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Response to More_Cowbell (Reply #19)

Mon Feb 11, 2019, 02:01 AM

22. You're right.

If he saw it while golfing he probably would've hit it with his golf club.

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Response to BigmanPigman (Reply #18)

Mon Feb 11, 2019, 06:46 PM

33. He wouldn't even look. And if he did, he'd laugh. He's incapable of compassion. Not in the DNA.

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Response to catbyte (Original post)

Mon Feb 11, 2019, 01:59 AM

20. What a touching story!

And thank you, Catbyte, for going to the trouble of posting all the pictures of the pics too.

I agree with Bayard up thread about the appropriate punishment of the person who did this to the puppy. They're likely to continue such sadistic behavior.


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Response to Duppers (Reply #20)

Mon Feb 11, 2019, 02:36 PM

28. You're welcome. The story was too heartbreaking without the happy ending pics.

I'll never be able to wrap my mind around the callousness and cruelty of some people. Seriously, I can't imagine how much it must suck to be them, but they deserve every bad thing that's coming their way.

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Response to catbyte (Original post)

Mon Feb 11, 2019, 02:35 AM

23. Like the DU'ers ahead of me in the thread, my eyes were gone the moment I saw the Samaritan's face!

Absolutely flooded with tears.

Thank you, too, like someone before me, for taking the time to provide the photos in the thread, for those of us who needed to see fast that the little one was o.k., and with people who would love him.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Reply #23)

Mon Feb 11, 2019, 02:43 PM

29. You're very welcome, Judi Lynn. I needed to see good pictures quickly, too.

As I replied to Duppers, I can't wrap my head around such cruelty. The puppy probably got on the monster's nerves so he taped the poor little baby's mouth shut, and then when he kept whining he tossed him over the bridge to drown. I think it's bad karma to ill-wish others, but that creep has every bad thing coming to him. Thank goodness there are good people in the world to counteract the evil.

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Response to catbyte (Original post)

Mon Feb 11, 2019, 04:24 AM

24. Aw, I'm just overcome with sadness and happiness at the same time.

Such cruelty must have been perpetrated by a magat.

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Response to catbyte (Original post)

Mon Feb 11, 2019, 01:17 PM

25. Lady of the Beasts. blessings to the rescuer of Your little one, and justice to the monster who

did this dreadful deed. (I know what I would LIKE to see happen to that individual)

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Response to catbyte (Original post)

Mon Feb 11, 2019, 01:33 PM

26. I am feeling every feeling in the book as I read this through tears.

I want to believe that there are still more good people in this world than bad - like the man who rescued the poor pup, the vets who worked hard to save him and the couple who opened their hearts to adopt him than the monster who threw him off a bridge.

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Response to catbyte (Original post)

Mon Feb 11, 2019, 02:09 PM

27. I hope there is a hell

for evil souls that do this to poor defenseless animals.

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Response to catbyte (Original post)

Mon Feb 11, 2019, 06:25 PM

31. I told my husband about this with details.

Then I waited to the end to tell him that it happened in his home town. Griffith , Indiana.

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Response to catbyte (Original post)

Mon Feb 11, 2019, 06:44 PM

32. Thank you and bless you

You are the best!

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Response to catbyte (Original post)

Mon Feb 11, 2019, 07:01 PM

34. What a great story!

It made me cry, and that doesn't happen too often.

(I don't even want to think of the sub-human who taped the pup's mouth shut & threw him over the bridge....probably a Trump-aupporter)

Thanks for posting, catbyte!

Bless that wonderful man for saving the pup's life, and the vet too.

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Response to catbyte (Original post)

Mon Feb 11, 2019, 07:13 PM

35. Thankful there are decent people. Disgusted by those that are not.

Hope scientists figure out a way to weed out the bad thru DNA or other methods.

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Response to catbyte (Original post)

Mon Feb 11, 2019, 07:15 PM

36. OMG. What monster could do that to a dog, a puppy? That man was an angel.

The vet's office were angels. And he found a new home with a loving couple who happened to have room in their hearts for a new puppy.

This one made me cry.

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Response to catbyte (Original post)

Mon Feb 11, 2019, 07:36 PM

37. There Is Nothing But Superstars In This Story

Good on them all!!!!!!

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Response to catbyte (Original post)

Mon Feb 11, 2019, 08:34 PM

39. My heart is broken..

.. that this little dog had to go through something so horrific. Why? How can a human, ANY human do something like this? The tape..... it hurts me to think about. At least there's some decent people around.

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Response to catbyte (Original post)

Mon Feb 11, 2019, 09:02 PM

40. People wonder what kind of people do this.? These kind of people....

Horror House. "Parents kept 13 kids chained to a bed months at a time.."

These are the kinds of people that treat animals like that...

warning: don't hit the link, if you are not ready....This one is the worst..



https://nypost.com/2018/01/18/horror-house-kids-allegedly-chained-to-beds-for-months-at-a-time/

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