It’s been a hairy ride for Bentley. Like his namesake automobile company that has occasionally fallen on hard times, Bentley the dog found himself with four paws-on-the-floor and no gas.

Bentley, a two-year-old Labrador Retriever mix, came to the Aiken County Animal Shelter on December 12th as a stray. After “kicking the tires,” the only problem found was cosmetic: Bentley’s ears were dinged-up from fly bites, making him look like a junkyard wreck instead of the luxury high-performance vehicle for which he is named. But then, Bentley didn’t pass inspection: he was heartworm positive. That meant Bentley had to stay off the adoption showroom floor. Now the Grey Poupon hit the fan!

Mary Lou Seymour of The Heart Beat Goes On program urgently networked Bentley. On December 30th she contacted RADAR saying, “I am so worried about Bentley. He is a great dog, just not a pretty one because of his ears, and no rescues have shown interest.” RADAR immediately agreed to assist with the costs of his heartworm treatment as an incentive for a rescue to take him. The very next day, New Year’s Eve, Bentley had a rescue commitment!

Bentley received his heartworm treatment on January 6th before going on to Dog Star Rescue in Connecticut. His admirers had this to say about him: “Bentley is a big boy with a big name! His name is fitting as he is best in class with his strong looks, size and personality! He loves people, even more than dogs! He would be a great addition to any family. He will need some training since he is a strong boy who pulls on the leash.” Bentley is now ready for a road trip to his forever home! To see more photos of Bentley, click here.

RADAR paid $250 towards Bentley’s heartworm treatment costs.

UPDATE! All funds for Bentley have been raised! Thank you!

UPDATE! Bentley has been adopted!

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

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

Helping Hands for Hearts Fund; Anne & Patrick Killeen; Melissa Farr & Jim Groff; Mariam Wright

Added on January 11, 2015.

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