Residents of Greensboro, North Carolina, were surprised by the sudden increase in the number of vultures flocking their neighborhood. They were shocked when they found that the scavengers were all huddled up beside an abandoned Pit Bull puppy named Lilo, whose owner had chained and neglected her in the freezing woods for weeks.

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A picture of Lilo being surrounded by the vultures soon caught the attention of animal activists. They found out that Lilo was always chained and cold, and never had enough food or water. Her dire circumstances rendered her sick, and the vultures were attracted by the smell of decay surrounding her.

The alarming presence of the vultures ended up saving this 8-month-old, as authorities came to rescue her. She was taken in by the Merit Pit Bull Foundation, where she received a full meal and a bath for the first time in her life. Initially, she was fearful of humans and the sight of backyards. She would just hug her caretakers all day for some comfort.

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Couple Keana Lynch and Travis Henley have adopted Lilo and promised to help her heal from the physical and mental trauma. Meanwhile, the authorities are investigating the case of her neglect and abuse, and are looking for any information on the case. Spread the word.

Click the video below to watch Lilo’s strenuous journey as she struggled at the doors of death.