It would cost a pretty penny to save this pretty Penny! But that was not about to stop Laura Roberts and her Road Home Rescue in North Carolina. “Penny has lived a life full of neglect,” Laura told us. “She was bred until she was dumped and left to live on her own. She was stopping at a home to get food occasionally, but when she was found, she was emaciated. She had been eaten alive by fleas. Her face, eyes and hind end were covered in scabs and flea bites. It was heartbreaking.”

Penny had arrived at the Sampson County Animal Shelter in North Carolina on April 13th, and Laura wasted no time in trying to save her. Laura made an urgent plea for our help and we agreed to assist at once. Penny was safely out of the shelter and off to the vet on April 14th. “She had mammary tumors,” Laura said, “and needed dental treatment for a mouth full of rotten teeth, and even holes through her gums where teeth had fallen out. And, of course, she had heartworms. This sweet angel Beagle mix looked about 12 years old, but was only 4 or 5!”

On April 15th, Penny had her mammary tumors removed and received extensive dental treatment. Laura shared this update with us: “When I brought her home, she found a huge soft bed and that was where she slept for 18 hours! Penny loves attention and likes to be petted. She can’t imagine feeling this well and her mouth not hurting. It took some time to establish trust and know that she would be fed everyday. She didn’t want to leave the house to go into the yard for fear that she couldn’t come back in. But that has all changed.”

Her heartworm treatment was completed on May 11th. Penny was flown to K-9 Lifesavers Dog Rescue in Virginia on May 14th. Penny’s temporary foster in North Carolina had this to tell us: “She was really polite about waiting for her food once she realized that she would get fed regularly. When Penny first came here, her tail was hanging straight down, but by the time she left, her tail was half way up and the wagging had a much fuller motion. I was thrilled when I realized that. I will truly miss her.” To view more photos of Penny, click here.

RADAR paid all of the dental care and heartworm treatment costs for Penny, which totaled $520.

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

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

UPDATE! Penny has been adopted!

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

Helping Hands for Hearts Fund ($100); Hound Dog Fund ($50); Melissa Feeney; Rebecca Kuga; Ken Siegert & Rick Thompson; Brett Freeman; Gail O’Connor

Added on May 22, 2016.

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