An elderly dog is finally free after he spent 15 years chained up to his house in his owner's backyard.

 Bear, of Suffolk County, New York, had to carry his heavy chain, survive harsh winters outside and received little care from his owner.

But he will no longer be tied to his doghouse after a local animal rescue group freed him, as a heartwarming video has shown. His owner, who has neither been named nor charged with animal cruelty, agreed to let him go.

Guardians of Rescue president Robert Misseri said: 'We knew that we had to do something to make a difference in that dog's life.'

Bear was taken straight to the spa for grooming and has been to dog parks and even an indoor pool. Misseri said: 'One phone call from someone in the community set the wheels in motion that have changed Bear's life.

'That's a true success story and why we exist.'

He added: 'Our mission is to help rescue as many animals as we can, but we can’t do it without the help of the community.'


Responses to "Moving moment Bear the dog is freed after spending 15 years chained up outside"

  1. Unknown says:

    You guys ROCK!! Thankyou for giving bear his freedom I hope he has many safe loving happy years ahead of him x

  2. Morgana says:

    Go baby, run free, find happiness and love

  3. Anonymous says:

    So you more or less took away a persons pet because you thought he was being mistreated, or not being pampered enough.From what I can see Bear doesn't look mistreated or unhealthy, maybe just a little bored. Thats no reason to take a mans dog and say you [rescued] him, thats just simply B.S!

  4. Dear Mr. Anonymous! It isn't healthy to have a dog on a CHAIN for 15 years! He needs love & ATTENTION!! How about you hang out on a chain for 15 years, even in WINTER! You're an IDIOT!

  5. Unknown says:

    I hope Bear gets to live a few more years to enjoy his freedom. I hope and pray more people would turn in homeowners that chain dogs 24/7. Thank You Guardians of Rescue for getting this POS homeowner to turn over Bear.

  6. Anonymous says:

    The dog may have been left outside for a long time, but not 15 years. The video evidence is there to see the condition of the dog's neck, which would be compromised enough to see.
    Putting even a small exaggeration in a true story can make people question the whole event, just tell the facts that you know.

  7. I hope someone adopted him with a loving home.

  8. I think the owner should be PROSECUTED! That part of the Country has BITTER winters, why would ANYONE leave an animal outside like that?!! Chained to the House? That's EVIL!!!

  9. Anonymous says:

    Here's the key: would you trade places with the dog? If you wouldn't, then there's something wrong with the dog's living arrangement.

  10. Thank you for the rescue

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