By SPCA International Staff In August the SPCAI team was on location in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, promoting adoptions and working to protect animals displaced by the Olympic Games sites. This is where we met Victoria, an incredibly sweet dog who had endured unspeakable cruelty. After being starved and burned, Victoria and 13 other dogs were callously abandoned and left for dead. A “community caretaker” found these 14 abused dogs and brought them to a local vet clinic, where our team met the emaciated and burned dog named Victoria. Although their situation seemed dire, our team noticed an unwavering will to live in Victoria and her friends. We reached out to our supporters for help because all the extensive veterinary care Victoria and her friends needed before they would be ready to go onto forever homes. Without a second thought hundreds of our supporters contributed to help for these 14 dogs heal. Thanks to that support, just over 1 month later Victoria is running around and wagging her tail. If she isn’t getting a pat on the head or a belly rub she starts crying for more attention. She has put on weight and is a completely different dog than the trembling dog we met over a month ago. All of us here at SPCA International cannot say thank you enough to everyone who showed their support. None of this would have been possible with out you! Victoria and the other 13 dogs are well on the road to recovery. Victoria’s story won’t end here; she still has a few more medical treatments before she crosses the finish line and is able to start looking for her forever home. If you are interested in adopting Victoria or one of her 13 friends please contact our partners at Oito Vitas ([email protected]) for more information.