Max (left) and Mylo, at home in Woodstock on their favorite couch, Thursday, July 11, 2013.
WOODSTOCK, Ga. -- Sometimes there are good endings to bad beginnings.
And this story, which we first reported in October, is definitely one that began badly.
Two dachshunds, brothers, were abused and abandoned in Clayton County.
But in the past nine months, the bond they have with each other, and some TLC, worked a miracle.
Now it's as if none of the bad had ever happened.
Max and Mylo, the brothers, nearly died together, in October, 2012, when they were barely a year old.
Someone abandoned them on the side of Highway 54 near Morrow.
Mylo had been shot multiple times at point blank range -- with a BB gun, and with a paintball gun.
Max had been beaten.
And even though passing cars could have struck and killed them both at any moment, Max refused to leave his wounded brother.
Someone found them there, and Max was covering Mylo's body with his, keeping him warm and calm.
The pet rescue organization Partners4Pets.org of Clayton County rushed the brothers to a vet and rescued them, saved them.
"The bond that they have, I've never seen with two dogs," said Carrie Olena Thursday night. "Max is very protective, still."
Carrie Olena of Woodstock adopted both dogs in February, keeping them together.
As if these brothers would have allowed anyone to separate them.
"At first, I was scared that they would never be able to trust humans," Olena said. "But I wanted them to know that not all people are bad. There are loving people in this world that all they want to do is take care of them."
Max, she said, would rarely let Mylo out of his sight until recently.
"Max has to check everyone out first," who comes to the house, she said. "He wants to make sure everyone's okay before he lets his brother get involved. I think he's still protecting him. He's always looking out for Mylo."
As we were interviewing Olena in her home, Max and Mylo quickly warmed up to us, wagging their tails and gratefully receiving strokes behind their ears and around their necks. As if none of the bad had ever happened.
"I mean, they're fighters, they're strong, and they're loving animals," Olena said.
The brothers' rescuers, Partners4Pets.org, tries to work the same miracle, every day, with all the hundreds of dogs that come into the Clayton County Animal Control Unit every month -- at least 300 additional dogs arrive every month.
It is a shelter that five years ago, according to the Commander, Clayton County Police Captain Mark Thompson, was having to put down 90 percent of its dogs; but with the help of Partners4Pets, Capt. Thompson now places well over half of them into homes, all over the country.
Thompson praised "the community support that we get, from Partners4Pets and others from the area, and from all over Georgia and the rest of the country."
The employees of the Animal Control Unit, Thompson said, pour themselves into the rescues.
"There's not a person working here who hasn't adopted at least one of these dogs and taken them home, including me," he said.
"We set up a fundraiser for each and every dog," said Bonnie Adams of Parters4Pets, "and we help coordinate the care for the dogs. We work with rescue groups all over the country" to save as many dogs as possible.
Capt. Thompson tried to identify and arrest Max and Mylo's abuser, but the leads went nowhere, and eventually he closed the case.
And nine months later, in Carrie Olena's home, as the brothers nipped and wrestled each other on their favorite couch, it's as if none of the bad had ever happened.
Instead, what endures is the brotherly love that helped saved these two dachshunds, a bond that is stronger than ever.
"It's just amazing to me," Olena said, "the love that these two have for each other."
Link: Clayton County Animal Control Unit
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