Even a dog house would have provided more luxurious living than the house of horrors Petunia and Midnight endured for their entire adult lives. The two bonded one- to two-year-old smaller Lab mixes were kept confined together in a make-shift boarded box. With no door or obvious entry, confined they were indeed. The only way they got food and water was by someone sliding bowls under an opening in the box.

Finally, on October 2nd, a neighbor contacted animal control about the deplorable situation for Petunia and Midnight. They were taken to the Darlington County Humane Society shelter in South Carolina. One would think that after living as they had been, they would not be friendly, but these girls have not allowed their previous situation to dim their dispositions, and are amazingly well-balanced. Sadly, both tested heartworm positive. By late November, both ended up on the shelter’s urgent list.

On December 4th, Caring for Creatures (CFC) in Virginia offered to take both Petunia and Midnight. But they could only do so if their heartworm treatment costs could be covered. Susan Blakeney, RADAR’s liaison with the Darlington County Humane Society Rescue, quickly turned to us to see if we could assist. We agreed, enabling their rescue commitment to be confirmed. Petunia received her heartworm treatment on December 11th. Midnight’s treatment will be completed in mid-January, and then both will be transported to CFC.

“Both Petunia and Midnight are loving, sweet and well-adjusted girls,” we were told. “They are friendly with other dogs, both male and female. While Petunia is more confident, Midnight often looks to Petunia for cues. The staff at the shelter had only great things to say about these two girls and would love to see them in great forever homes, or maybe even the same home!” Click here to view more photos of Petunia.

RADAR paid all of Petunia’s heartworm treatment costs, which totaled $211.

UPDATE! All funds for Petunia 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! Petunia has been adopted!

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

Helping Hands for Hearts Fund ($100); Kathy O’Connor

Added on December 31, 2018.

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