Chelle, pronounced “Shelly,” packed up all her sorrows and brought them to the Chester County Animal Care & Control shelter in South Carolina on January 22nd. This one to two-year-old Pit Bull mix bore obvious signs of suffering: severely underweight; multiple pressure sores from lying on hard surfaces with no muscle or fat to protect her bones; malnutrition from starvation and the metabolic burden of bearing a recent litter; hypothermia; and she was heartworm positive.
On February 19th, Emily Ward, a shelter animal advocate and RADAR’s liaison with the Chester County shelter, asked RADAR for help. RADAR agreed to provide an offer to assist with Chelle’s heartworm treatment as an incentive for a rescue to take her. Chelle received her heartworm treatment on March 20th before a rescue commitment had been obtained, but, thanks to social media, Chelle’s story had gotten a lot of exposure. Tramp’s Rescue in Virginia made an offer on March 21st to take Chelle if no other options appeared. On April 1st, Chelle was safe with Tramp’s Rescue.
The troubles in Chelle’s kit-bag are outweighed only by the smiles she brings to others. Chelle is a total sweetheart: loving, intelligent, calm and focused. She has the happiest wiggle-butt, which never stops signaling her joy! She sits for treats and takes them gently. She’s even patient and tolerant with bossy cats. Click here to view more photos of Chelle.
RADAR paid all $200 of Chelle’s heartworm treatment costs.
UPDATE! Chelle has a pending adoption – by her foster family!
UPDATE! All funds for Chelle have been raised! Thank you!
UPDATE! Chelle has been adopted!
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Added on April 23, 2015.