By Debbie Emery - Radar Reporter
An old stray dog on his last legs living on the streets of Singapore was finally given a home for the first time in his life thanks to some caring guardian angels.
The tan and white pup was found wracked with pain and covered in ticks and lesions, unable to walk or feed himself, when animal rescue group Save Our Street Dogs took him in and showered him with love.
Aptly named Ol Boy, the grateful dog's last days were caught on video and his dramatic transformation has become a hit with dog lovers around the world on YouTube.
"Ol Boy was a stray dog who a member of the public spotted to be in distress and asked us to help him," wrote the filmmaker, Hawk Cut Weiss. "What started out to be a routine rescue turned out to be a lesson in life and death which I will never forget."
After being born on the streets, the malnourished mutt had lived on scraps thrown to him by local shop keepers all his life and was so weak from years of neglect that he could barely stand when his rescuers found him. They plucked up the plucky pup and took him wrapped in newspapers to a nearby vet, who found hundreds of ticks had burrowed into his skin causing a bad case of tick fever, his teeth were warped and broken and he needed an emergency blood transfusion.
Sadly it soon became apparent that Ol Boy wasn't just sick, he was dying, but rather than put him down the group's volunteers were determined to comfort and pamper him so he could go peacefully.
"He wanted to die in a home and feel the warmth and love of a home for the first time," said the group through captions on the video.
Thirsty but too weak to get up to drink, he was fed water through a plastic syringe directly into his mouth.
"We stayed by his side, patting him whenever he cried in discomfort," his carers revealed. "That was all he wanted… companionship and to be loved.
"We all stood vigil for him, humans and dogs alike," as the other rescued animals looked on in concern. At 2 a.m., Ol Boy sat up and drank water for the final time, "before he passed away peacefully at 4 a.m. "While he lay there covered in a blanket surrounded by flowers, one of his canine friends came up and gave him a goodbye sniff.
The homeless dog found comfort in death when he was laid out covered in red rose petals and cremated with his ashes then scattered in a field, "where he can finally run free."
"All sentient beings, humans and dogs alike, should be allowed to die in dignity. Run free, Ol Boy," read the final dedication from Weiss.
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