You don’t need Dick Tracey to realize that help was needed for Miss Stacey! In mid-March Stacey, a one to two-year-old Pit Bull mix, arrived at the Chester County Animal Care & Control shelter in South Carolina as a stray. On her first day everyone marveled at how well-behaved and smart she appeared. Stacey already knew to sit and lie down on command. Shelter staff and volunteers just knew there was an owner out there looking for Stacey because she appeared so well trained. Regardless of the fact that she was heartworm positive, surely someone would be looking for this girl.

Days dragged on into weeks and nobody showed up to claim Stacey. As the time stretched on it became more obvious that Stacey was not a happy camper at the shelter. She was snapping and growling at new people who walked by. Some people she seemed to like more than others and eventually calmed down when with those people. Some people she never learned to trust. This leaves one pondering the age-old question, “Is it better for a dog to have been loved at one time than to have never been loved at all?”

On May 22nd Laura, the shelter’s rescue and adoption coordinator, and the only person who still trusted Stacey, sent a plea to RADAR. An assistance offer to cover her heartworm treatment was provided for Stacey to make her more attractive to rescues. By this time Stacey had come dangerously close to being euthanized due to her unpredictable behavior. Stacey wasn’t out of the woods yet because rescues were slow to warm up to a dog with Stacey’s history.

After many months of begging and pleading for help and more time for Stacey, in late August Janine Guido with Speranza Animal Rescue in Pennsylvania decided to take on the task of helping Stacey learn to trust other people and be a nicer dog. Stacey received her heartworm treatment on September 9th. Stacey now has the best chance to turn herself around and live a happy and healthy life, and find a new family who loves her. Click here to view more photos of Stacey.

RADAR paid all of Stacey’s heartworm treatment costs, which totaled $250.

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

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

Helping Hands for Hearts Fund; Bully Breed Dog Fund; Leslie Platt; Jennifer Siegert

Added on October 25, 2015.

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