How Facebook Saved a Puppy That Was Left to Die

Facebook/Claucia Jackline de Oliveira

Social media has vastly improved our ability to communicate and spread news. And while most of the time we use this new tool to share pictures of cats or pour over celebrity gossip, occasionally social media is put to a good use.

This is one of those times.

Midday on Friday, Marcia Lutz noticed that, down in a ravine by the side of the road, there was a puppy inside a plastic bag that was left there to die. Her first course of action was a post to Facebook pleading for anyone to come forth and help her with the rescue. “The place is difficult to access and I cannot save his life. If someone can help…”

Within minutes a bevy responses started flying in. Many were people railing against the unknown monster that so heartlessly tossed an innocent puppy away. Others commented with their deepest sympathies for the poor, imperiled pooch. And while the flash flood of support pouring into Marica’s Facebook post was nice, what makes this story newsworthy is the fact that within a half hour of the post going up, people were already on their way to assist Marcia in the rescue.

Claucia Jackline de Oliveira, a nurse at a nearby doctor’s office, saw Marcia’s post and knew what she had to do. Without a second thought, Claucia was scrambling down into the ravine and freed the puppy from the bag in which she was trapped.

And, as if this miraculous rescue wasn’t enough, one hour after the rescue took place, the Facebook post had already found this adorable little puppy a family to adopt her!

Let’s break down the entire timeline:

  • 10:22am – Marcia Lutz notices the puppy in the ravine and asks for help on facebook.
  • 10:36am – Claucia Jackline de Oliveira sees the post, rushes over and rescues the puppy.
  • 10:49am – Claucia asks if anyone on Facebook could care for the puppy.
  • 11:47pm – Claucia announces that someone agreed to adopt.

So, in under two hours, this dog went from being trapped in a plastic bag in a deep ravine on the side of the road to waiting to meet her new loving family!

Sometimes the internet really comes through in the clutch.

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  1. 1

    Thank goodness the little pup was saved thanks to strangers. I would still love to get my hands on the person who threw her down the ravine.

  2. 2

    Here in SC..since the flooding there have been what seems like thousands of dogs and cats that were scared off, accidently allowed to slip out of opened doors as families were packing their belongs and, hopefully, the pets belongs, as well. Gates left ajar and many pets long gone due to their own fear of drowning. ‘Lost and Found in SC’ and ‘Chasing Tails’ have been doing fabulous work in rounding up, feeding, watering, bathing, locating housing and sending out hundreds upon hundres of posts for us on Facebook to spread the word. I wish I could say all pets have been reunited. I honestly do not know how many have. But, I do know that many, oh so very many, have been reunited with their families and it is a wonderful feeling to know that I was even in just a tiny way, part of this great team of folks doing something very few find important enough to acknowledge. To me these teams at L & F in SC & CT…are HEROS! Thank you for all your hard work and your true love and dedication to our fur babies!

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