Bella’s story is a testimony to the difference one person can make in saving the life of a dog. A three-year-old American Bulldog-Boxer mix, Bella arrived at the Beaufort County Animal Control shelter in North Carolina on June 2nd. Bella had lived outside with two other dogs. Their owner left them alone for days at a time went he went shrimping, relying on neighbors to care for the dogs. He agreed to surrender Bella to the shelter, but kept the other two dogs to guard his property. Bella had cherry eye in both eyes. While Bella was finally free from neglect, she now faced a possible death sentence within a few days at this small rural shelter.
On June 2nd, the same day Bella arrived at the shelter, RADAR provided an offer to assist with the cost of her her cherry eye surgery as an incentive for a rescue to take her. On June 4th, RADAR supporter Peggy Marshall offered to cover the entire cost of Bella’s cherry eye surgery through RADAR. The next day, June 5th, and just in time, the American Bulldog Rescue agreed to take Bella. This was made possible through the efforts of Jodi Specter with the rescue. Bella was safely out of the shelter and off to the vet the same day.
Unfortunately, Bella tested positive for heartworm and Erlichia, a tick-borne disease. This would add significantly to her costs for the rescue. Once more, Peggy stepped up and offered to cover all of Bella’s vetting costs through RADAR! The Erlichia treatment was started immediately. The successful cherry eye surgery took place on June 12th. Bella had her first heartworm treatment on July 8th, and the final treatment on August 8th. The total vet bill was $535, with Peggy donating the full amount to RADAR to cover the entire bill!
On August 31st, Bella was transported to her foster home. And who do you think the foster was? Yes, none other than Peggy Marshall! “I’ll bet Bella was from a county puppy mill,” Peggy told us. “She’s had a litter or two. She doesn’t want to leave the crate, which serves as her security place. We keep the crate door open and she’s gone exploring upstairs. If my husband Jay is on the bed, he’ll say, ‘Hello, Bella!’ but she runs back and gets in her crate! Recently, I lifted her up on the bed and softly rubbed her for about 40 minutes. She spooned me and gave my arm and face licks. It will take some time and TLC for her. Our house is very quiet, which helps. At least for now, Bella couldn’t be put in a busy home with a lot of activity.” Click here to see more photos of Bella.
RADAR paid all $535 of Bella’s initial vetting, cherry eye surgery, Ehrlichia treatment and heartworm treatment costs.
UPDATE! All funds for Bella have been raised! Thank you!
UPDATE! Bella has been adopted by her foster Mom, Peggy! We were told that, “for a month, she hid in a cage on the second floor or looked through the stair railing, listening to the kitchen sounds below. One morning, she ran through the kitchen and hopped on the sofa in the family room.” And Bella & Bianca are now great canine friends!
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Added on September 7, 2014.