Animals Video

By Luke Kenton

This abandoned dog, who was left chained up in a basement to die, adorably jumps for joy as rescuers step in to save her life.

After purchasing a property in a desolate suburb of St. Louis, USA, one new homeowner was greeted by a heart-wrenching sight, when he opened his basement door to find a two-year old pitbull whimpering in the dark.

Believed to be abandoned by squatters who frequented the house’s basement before the property was sold, the white terrier was left in the cold, damp basement with a very short chain constricting her neck.

Left to die alone, it’s not known how long the adorable pooch had been trapped in the basement for, but she was certainly overjoyed to see the Stray Rescue of St Louis team reach out a loving hand.

Finally freed from the shackles around her neck, the discarded dog leaped up towards each rescuer in search of a friendly embrace, on March 9, leading the team to aptly name her ‘Jumping Bean’.


Jumping Bean’s joy, however, reaches new heights as she steps outside for the first time in what’s believed to be several days, waging her tail and flailing her tongue. 

Natalie Thompson, a member of the Stay Rescue of St. Louis team, who’ve been saving stray pets in the area since 1998, said: “A man called to say he’d bought a house and found a pitbull chained up in the basement – we have no idea how long she may have been down there for.

“When we walked in, the house had no power – it was cold and dark, we had to use flashlights to navigate our way to the basement door.

“But when we opened it and shined our light down, we were greeted by the friendliest face awaiting us.

“There were a lot of feces and she was a little thin, but other than that she was fine.


“She had heartworms, too, and will be undergoing treatment.

“Some dogs that we rescue can be slow to trust humans again, but Jumping Bean was ready.

“She was so thrilled to be released from her chain, she didn’t stop smiling or rolling around until we got back to the shelter.

“We named her Jumping Bean because she was bouncing all over and giving us big hugs – she’s now ready for adoption.

“Stray Rescue of St. Louis is a no-kill shelter – we believe that every animal is an individual and should be treated as such.

“Any animal who has the courage to survive the horrors and dangers of street life deserves a life of love and happiness.

“There are so many ways to help.”

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