The morning following a two-day snowstorm, the dog looked to have been huddled in the snow for some time based on the volume of pee, according to what the volunteer-run animal rescue Steinbach & Area Animal Rescue posted about the encounter on their Facebook page.
The rescued dog was given the name Riley. When they found her, she was extremely cold and quite scared, so she was unable to walk. Her matted fur was covered in snow, but it was so matted that it had turned into some pretty big and painful dreadlocks.
The rescuers shared, “She was too cold/sore/scared to walk, and as much as we tried to encourage her to walk we had to pull her out on a tarp, which wasn’t easy because of the deep snow.”
The fight to get Riley unstuck from the snow was not an easy one. It wasn’t just Riley who was stuck in some deep snow. The rescuers themselves were up to their waists in snow as they tried to get her out.
As soon as they were able to liberate her, they took her straight to the veterinarian. That is when the roots of her enigma started to be seriously questioned.
According to the vet, they learned that Riley had no microchip or tattoo. She had not been spayed, but she has had puppies before.
Given her mysterious origins, it was wasn’t a shock to anyone that she went unclaimed.