A neighborhood in Madera Ranchos, California, was terrified of a ‘creature’ wandering the streets. He was underweight with chunks of missing fur, his skin was scaly, and his tail was obviously broken. The ‘creature’ looked more werewolf or coyote than canine.

Sadly, because of what he looked like, no one wanted to approach the animal who was in obvious distress. But thankfully a passerby took a photo of the animal and posted it on Facebook, pleading for help.

Megan Bowe, founder of Bowe’s Adoptable Rescued Pups, saw the animal’s photo and knew she had to come as quickly as possible.

Megan told The Dodo,“I was about ready to cry when I saw how bad off he was. He was really on his last leg. He was depressed and could barely even stand up.”

She quickly realized the neighborhood ‘werewolf’ was actually a very sick, neglected German Shepherd mix. Megan loaded him into her car and drove him to the emergency medical center. The dog jumped right into Megan’s car as if he understood she was taking him to get help. He was in obvious distress and at that point was desperate to feel better.

Megan named the dog King.

Then Megan got some shocking news once at the vet clinic. As expected, King was suffering from several diseases. He had a broken pelvis and broken tail but the dog, who appeared to have been through years of hardship and neglect was only a year old!

“My vet thinks he got hit by a car, and that would explain how his tail was so messed up, too,” Megan said. “That injury happened months ago, because by the time I got him it had already started to heal incorrectly. And with such a damaged pelvis, he wasn’t able to get around very far on his own to look for food, so he was extremely skinny and dehydrated.”

Megan brought King to her house to recover. She had to keep him in her garage in a temporary quarantine area. King was contagious and she couldn’t risk her other animals getting sick too. Still, she made King’s new home comfortable and safe. He was happy to finally have a home off the streets where he could finally lay his tired head.

King needed to put on weight before he could have surgery to fix his broken pelvis and tail, so Megan fed him frequent small meals high in calories. As the days went on, King got stronger and stronger!

In only a month, King was strong enough for surgery. It was a total success!

Megan takes King for daily walks to strengthen his legs and pelvis. He’s really coming along! Once King’s stitches are removed, and King is fully recovered, the rescue group will place him up for adoption. But for now, King is just enjoying life. He is no longer afraid, he is no longer starving, and he is no longer in pain.

“He is happier than ever now,” Bowe said. “It’s hard to think that all those cars passed him by and never stopped. No one wanted to bring him home or help him because he looked so bad … But all it took was one person.”

The neighborhood ‘werewolf,’ that made people too uncomfortable to help, is now getting a real second chance, thanks to a passerby and a rescuer who saw past what many people could not.