Ellie has quite the tale of tragedy and triumph. Way back on September 10th, Ellie was picked up as a stray by animal control and taken to the Darlington County Animal Shelter in South Carolina. Approximately three years old and a Bully Breed mix, Ellie showed all the signs of neglect and being overbred. And she was very pregnant upon arrival at the shelter. X-rays revealed at least four pups, and something else much more disturbing: her body was riddled with bullet fragments. She needed to find a rescue very quickly, but testing heartworm positive made that challenging at best.

On September 16th, Susan Blakeney, RADAR’s liaison with the Darlington County Humane Society Rescue, urgently reached out to us for help with Ellie. The rescue Virginia Paws for Pits was willing to take Ellie and transport her immediately to a waiting foster home. Of course, we agreed to help!

A few days later Ellie gave birth to five puppies. But in Ellie’s weakened condition and with an infection, sadly, three of the five pups did not survive. The two surviving pups had to be bottle fed, and got healthier, however, one of the pups is blind. Ellie was finally well enough to receive her heartworm treatment on March 23rd.

“This poor dog has been through hell,” the rescue said. “But guess what? She is absolutely perfect! Ellie loves all people and all dogs. She’s very sweet and tolerant. She would fit into any home.” Less than a week after her heartworm treatment, Ellie got the best news of her life: she was adopted into her forever home! To view more photos of Ellie, click here.

RADAR paid all of Ellie’s heartworm treatment costs, which totaled $214.

UPDATE! Ellie has been adopted!

UPDATE! All funds for Ellie 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 Ellie:

Helping Hands for Hearts Fund ($50); Bully Breed Dog Fund ($50); Linda Siegert & Ernie Lenton / Collars of Hope Creations; Karon Harrold

Added on April 5, 2016.

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