Carmela is a big girl, weighing over eighty pounds. No, it’s not too many caramel candies or sundaes; Carmela is a mixture of Pitbull, along with Mastiff and Rottweiler breeds, both known to produce dogs of size. This five-year-old arrived at the Columbus County Animal Shelter, along with her two grown-up pups, on February 28th. Not only had this sweet girl been horribly overbred but she also tested heartworm positive. How would Carmela, a neglected stray, regain her health so that she could find a good home?

Madi Joselyn of the Burlington County Animal Alliance (BCAA) in New Jersey, reached out to us about Carmela on March 8th. Due to her size, Carmela’s heartworm treatment costs would be even higher than usual (the dose of medicine is calculated by a dog’s weight). BCAA needed help with the treatment expenses so they could bring her into the rescue. RADAR agreed to help, and Carmela had her treatment on April 8th and 9th. Her pup Zailey went to another rescue, but Adler passed away in the shelter (he had an intestinal blockage).

Being a dog used for breeding, Carmela was very shy and had not been used to living inside and having much affection. Now, according to the rescue, “She is still a little on the timid side but gaining confidence. She’s a good girl and likes to lounge around the house. She always wants to be right with her people and is loving learning life as an inside dog.” Click here to view more photos of Carmela.

RADAR paid all of Carmela’s heartworm treatment costs, which totaled $335.

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

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 Carmela:

Helping Hands for Hearts Fund ($100); Bully Breed Dog Fund ($50); Sunday Wright Fund; Linda Siegert / Collars of Hope Creations; Brian Mertz; RADAR T-Shirt Fundraiser

If you are interested in adopting Carmela, please contact Burlington County Animal Alliance.

Added on May 5, 2019.

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