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Abandoned on a trash heap, husky close to death gets a second chance and develops a remarkable friendship with chihuahua

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  • Eldad Hagar from Hope For Paws found a female husky he called Miley abandoned on a pile of trash
  • She was so weak when he found her that she didn't have the energy to run away
  • She was found to be suffering mange, parasites, malnutrition and bacterial infections
  • She has made an amazing recovery and is using her new lease of life to help her new friend Frankie
  • Frankie the chihuahua was found in a sewer almost drowned and was terrified of everything
  • The pair are now inseparable and Frankie is much more outgoing after Miley took him under her wing

By Alex Greig

PUBLISHED: 20:27 EST, 13 December 2013 | UPDATED: 20:27 EST, 13 December 2013

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A dog who was discovered clinging to life on a pile of trash in a junk yard has been given a second chance by animal rescuers and made a stunning transformation.

The female husky was weak and covered in painful-looking mange when Eldad Hagar from Hope For Paws found her in a Los Angeles garbage dump.

In a moving video, Hagar shows the resilience of a dog who was abandoned and likely abused and left to die on a pile of garbage.

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Scrapheap: Miley was left to fend for herself in a junkyard where she almost blends in with the detritus surrounding her

Scrapheap: Miley was left to fend for herself in a junkyard where she almost blended in with the detritus surrounding her

Defeated: Miley was so weak and disheartened that she didn't even have the energy to run away as Hagar approached her

Defeated: Miley was so weak and disheartened that she didn't even have the energy to run away as Hagar approached her

Trust: Hagar sat with Miley for an hour before she let him place a leash around her neck and lead her to his car

Trust: Hagar sat with Miley for an hour before she let him place a leash around her neck and lead her to his car

Hagar had received an urgent call about the dog, who he named Miley, and had been surviving on the trash-pile for months.

Miley looked so defeated and broken by the time Hagar finds her, almost camouflaged by the rubbish surrounding her.

Hagar told the Huffington Post that Miley was so lifeless that she 'didn't even have the energy' to run away from him as he approached her.

She gently accepted food proffered and meekly allowed Hagar to put a leash around her neck.

He had to sit with her for an hour before she was finally ready to leave with him.

Hopeless: Miley listlessly awaits her fate as she's driven to the veterinary clinic

Hopeless: Miley listlessly awaits her fate as she's driven to the veterinary clinic

Affection: Miley lets Hagar gently stroke her head - it must be the first time she's been stroked in months or even years

Affection: Miley lets Hagar gently stroke her head - it must be the first time she's been stroked in months or even years

She creakily got to her feet and seemed reluctant to leave her pile of garbage, where she had been able to live for months without interference.

Eventually, she painfully hobbled away from the trash pile and Hagar got her into the car, where she curled up on the front seat, her red-raw paws under her head.

When she arrived at the veterinary clinic, Miley was found to be suffering malnutrition, mange, parasites and bacterial infections.

Medical examination: Miley is discovered to be suffering mange, parasites, bacterial infections and malnutrition

Medical examination: Miley is discovered to be suffering mange, parasites, bacterial infections and malnutrition

Bath time: Miley is given medicated baths to deal with her many skin issues, including mange and parasites

Bath time: Miley is given medicated baths to deal with her many skin issues, including mange and parasites

Healing: Her body is slowly recovering but Miley's spirits are still low

Healing: Her body is slowly recovering but Miley's spirits are still low

Puppy dog eyes: Miley was still getting over her trauma in the days and weeks after her rescue

Puppy dog eyes: Miley was still getting over her trauma in the days and weeks after her rescue

She needed medicated baths and treatments for her skin conditions, which slowly began to heal.

As her body recovered, Miley's spirit seemed to rally as well.

She displayed affection for Hagar, but the biggest surprise comes when she made the acquaintance of a tiny black chihuahua called Frankie.

Best friends: Miley and Frankie are happy in each other's company

Best friends: Miley and Frankie are happy in each others' company

Pay it forward: Hagar says that after Miley received love and attention from him, she helped Frankie to feel happy too

Pay it forward: Hagar says that after Miley received love and attention from him, she helped Frankie to feel happy too

Frankie had been rescued from a drainpipe and was terrifed of everything - except blue-eyed Miley, who towered over him.

Hagar told the Huffington Post that Frankie had nearly drowned in the sewer tunnel after a spell of heavy rain.

The incongruous pair became inseparable.

Hagar says Miley should be 100 per cent in a few months time, when Hope For Paws hopes she and her best friend will find a loving forever home. 

Contact Hope For Paws or the Fuzzy Foundation to help rescue Miley and other animals like her.

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