Sadly, on the first full day of winter, Autumn passed away. Her unexpected death came just as she was on the cusp of getting a new leash on life. Three to five years old and a beautiful brindled Bully Breed mix, Autumn was admitted to the Aiken County Animal Shelter in South Carolina on November 10th as a stray. Not surprisingly, Autumn was heartworm positive. At this shelter, that meant a rescue commitment would be needed to save Autumn.

Mary Lou Seymour of The Heart Beat Goes On program, which strives to save the heartworm positive dogs at the Aiken shelter, worked tirelessly to find a rescue for Autumn. On December 5th, Dog Star Rescue in Connecticut offered to take Autumn. The only remaining obstacle was funding for her heartworm treatment. Mary Lou immediately sought our help, and we agreed at once.

Autumn had her heartworm treatment done on December 13th. She returned to Sandy Crest Kennel following her treatment to recuperate. She seemed to be doing well. But when the kennel staff went to feed her on the morning of December 22nd, they were shocked to find her dead. She was laid to rest in the Sandy Crest Kennel cemetery.

December Clark, Mary Lou’s partner with The Heart Beat Goes On had shared this with us about Autumn: “She was so very sweet and friendly. The news of her passing is just so devastating.” Click here to view more photos of Autumn.

UPDATE On December 22nd, 2016, just nine days after her heartworm treatment, Autumn quite unexpectedly crossed the Rainbow Bridge. Rest in peace, Autumn.

RADAR paid $300 towards Autumn’s heartworm treatment costs.

UPDATE All the funding for Autumn has been provided.

If you would like to help us have the ability to help other dogs, please visit Donations page.

Thank you to the following contributors, who have given specifically for Autumn:

Helping Hands for Hearts Fund ($100); Bully Breed Dog Fund (50); Jay Pulli & Peggy Marshall

Added on December 31, 2016.

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