The name Koa means strong and mighty. This Pit Bull mix got his name from Ronald Roy, the Rocky Mount Animal Control officer who handled Koa’s neglect and abuse case in court (and won). When Koa was taken into custody last October as “evidence” he was so emaciated, weak and near death that he could barely stand. With with lots of love and care, the animal control officers nursed Koa back to good health. As Officer Roy said, “When Koa came in, he could hardly walk, and now he could pull a Mack Truck full of doggy treats!”

Of course, that’s not the end of the story for Koa. When his court case concluded, he was released to the Rocky Mount Animal Shelter in Nash County in North Carolina on April 17th for adoption or rescue. Despite overcoming his near-death experience of being neglected and abused, Koa once more had his life on the line. With no adopter or rescue interest, his name was put on the shelter’s list of dogs to be euthanized.

On May 11th, Henni Rains with Dune Dawgs Rescue in North Carolina reached out to RADAR. “We would like to ask RADAR for assistance for Koa’s vetting so we can pull him,” Henni said. “He has come so far, and we can’t bare for him to die now. He won his court case and he deserves a great life.” We agreed to assist. Unfortunately, Koa tested heartworm positive. The rescue opted to use our assistance for his heartworm treatment, which took place June 21st.

“The shelter estimated Koa to be about three years old, but our vet thinks he’s more like nine or ten,” Henni told us. “Koa’s life so far hasn’t been the best, but this sweet guy doesn’t hold any grudges. He only wants a family to call his own. He will be your best friend. He is something of a shadow! Koa has had many firsts with his foster family: toys, grass under his belly and the kindness of human touch. He gets along great with other dogs, and is fine with cats and kids. Koa is a couch buddy and a bed hog!” Did we mention that he is almost completely toothless? To see more photos of Koa, click here.

RADAR paid all $200 of the heartworm treatment costs for Koa.

UPDATE! Koa has been adopted!

UPDATE! All funds for Koa 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 Koa:

Helping Hands for Hearts Fund ($100); Juliet’s House Animal Rescue; Susan Linkous

Added on June 28, 2016.

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