When cops arrived, they found a dog who seemed to be aggressive, but learned that he had spent his entire life on a chain and had a very a violent owner.
Theoklitos Proestakis, who runs Takis Shelter on the island of Crete, agreed to take in the aggressive dog. He is known for having a special knack of getting aggressive and scared dogs to become calm and trusting.
Phoenix was terrified, and all he was used to was getting abused his whole life, so he thought that every human would do the same things his mean owner did. Violence was all he knew and he was just trying to defend himself, like he’s had to do so many times.
Takis used a glove to pet Phoenix with, and wanted to show him what gentle human touch was and that he wasn’t going to get hurt ever again. Phoenix was still nervous and continued to snap at Takis.