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Abandoned dog gets a second chance at Thanksgiving
Thanks to the hard work of a network of local volunteers, one small dog is going to have a much happier Thanksgiving.
A month and a half ago, the dog's owners moved out of their mobile home in southern Adair County, leaving him stranded and alone. Neighbors pitched in to get the dog out and bring him food, and eventually word got to Sugarfoot Farm Rescue. Peg Schaeffer contacted local volunteer Lora Bell, who acted as "feet on the ground" to rescue the abandoned dog from the trailer.
Lora described a rough scene inside the trailer, and said it took her and a friend over an hour to get the frightened dog to come with them. She took him home and gave him a bath. Then, Kansas Clemmons gave the dog a much-needed makeover, and Lora put the word out that he was available for adoption.
When she posted photos of the dog, Lora was contacted by Christie Crase, from Wolfe County, whose aunt had lost her husband a year ago, and who needed a friend on her farm.
Yesterday, Christie and Teresa Crase drove nearly 3 hours to pick up the six-year-old terrier-Shih-Tzu mix and take him back to his new home with Teresa Crase in Hazel Green, KY. Upon meeting the dog for the first time, Teresa christened him "Benji," after the famous canine that he resembles.
Lora is excited to have given a second chance to this neglected dog, and said dropping him off in with his new owner was "an emotional and wonderful experience." She says, "If anyone sees an animal being abused or neglected, please contact me at 270-805-8243."
As we approach the holiday season, Lora would like remind everyone to research carefully before adopting an animal. Different animals and breeds are suited for different types of homes. Purina has a very helpful quiz that can help match the right sort of pet for your home or situation at www.purina.com/choosing-pet.
This story was posted on 2022-11-23 14:19:09
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