English Mastiff Starved And Thrown From Car Wags Her Tail Every Time She Sees Her Rescuer

When she was first rescued, she weighed only 60 lbs, but wait until you see her now...wow!

An English Mastiff weighing only a 3rd of what she should was thrown out of a car sort of piece of garbage. ForFor a few dogs, this may be their sad ending. But because of an honest Samaritan, the dog named Violet started to change people. Warning: a couple of images of Violet could also be disturbing to some readers. Updates at the top of this story.

Authorities say someone saw the massive dog being tossed out of a moving car in Clinton, Maryland. the great Samaritan stopped to assist the massive dog and she or he was taken to Prince George’s County Animal Control. Violet was then rescued by Mutts Matter Rescue and placed with volunteer Debbie Gretz, who has experience with tending to severely emaciated dogs like Violet.


“Tears avalanche my cheeks as I run my fork over her soft fur hugging every bone in her body,” Debbie wrote around on Facebook when she first met her. “She will get up and walk to me…I am surprised she will even do that . I'm at a loss for the words to explain her condition. It is a pleasure to have her with me. Send all of your good thoughts, prayers, positive energy, whatever you'll send her way.” Violet weighed just over 60 pounds when she was first found. Debbie says she must gain 80 to 90 pounds to “be whole again.” Violet has many pressure sores all over her body. Her rescuers thought she might need to be locked inside and would not breed.

Debbie is giving Violet several small, nutritious meals each day to slowly build up her health and weight. And each time, Violet sees Debbie come downstairs, her tail wags. “When I sat on the sofa to speak to her, she walked over to me and put her head in my lap I thought I might melt. She is simply so sweet even after being treated so terribly.” Although Violet isn't out of the woods yet, she is getting spoiled with many attentions and she or he loves it! She’s learning how to rise up the steps, going for walks with friends and learning what it's to be a part of a family.

A $5,000 reward is being offered by the Humane Society of the Us (HSUS) for information resulting in the identification, arrest, and conviction of whomever is liable for Violet’s abuse. Anyone with information can contact the Prince George’s County Animal Management Division at 301-780-7241. Several months have passed since Violet was first rescued. She is flourishing in the care of her mom, who has been ensuring Violet gets the nutrition and exercise she so desperately needed. Violet now weighs 138 pounds. Way to go, Violet! She’s enjoying days at the beach…

And all the love and attention!

For more on Violet, visit her Facebook page and Mutts Matter Rescue website.

I’m so happy that Violet is on the mend, especially after years of maltreatment and neglect. Share her story as well as your friends if you think that so too!

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  • Bridget Doman
    Bridget Doman October 18, 2020 at 12:41 PM

    What a difference to how she is now. I don't know how people can treat their animals so badly and see them suffering. Glad this one got the help she needed and I hope the scum who did this to her are caught and made to pay. I would stick them in a prison cell for a month and give them one small meal a day; basically, something like a taste of their own medicine.

    • Anonymous March 22, 2023 at 7:23 PM

      Your alleged punishment is ,too, kind!

    • Sharon Brown
      Sharon Brown October 18, 2020 at 7:04 PM

      You are right. I don't know how anyone can do this to an animal. They must be completely heartless. This poor baby was all but dead if you look at the pictures and it makes my heart hurt to see this kind of abuse.

      • Zena
        Zena October 18, 2020 at 11:39 PM

        People who do this to animals, shouldn't EVER be allowed to have children or "breed" themselves, in my experience, if someone is cruel to any animal they are nearly always cruel to children as well. Its a deliberate thing to watch a animal suffer like this, I hope they find the "thing" that did this to this poor dog, and throwing them where they belong in jail. Thank god for the lovely lady who got this beautiful dog back to full health, you will be rewarded in heaven.

        • Anonymous August 21, 2022 at 4:21 AM

          cruel they should do to them what they did to there pet thank you for taking good care of him after you found him

          • Anonymous November 15, 2022 at 4:04 AM

            THANK YOU for helping this poor baby. How can anyone treat an animal this way.

            • Anonymous March 22, 2023 at 6:00 AM

              So happy for beautiful Violet. At least she has found love and life again.


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