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KANAB, Utah (KTVX) — On Jan. 18, the Best Friends Animal Society sanctuary in Kanab, Utah, welcomed Bella, a young pit bull terrier who came to them from Saginaw, Michigan.

Bella, a friendly dog ​​with a big smile, was found abandoned in a yard in Saginaw on August 16, 2021. Bella had been left without food, water, or shelter, and was tangled in a mix of two tethers that were gripping her. from either direction.

One of the ties had obviously been wrapped around her left rear leg, but in a desperate attempt to free herself, she chewed her leg to the thigh. The other tether was wrapped tightly around her right leg, and authorities say had she not been rescued, she would have been at high risk of losing that leg as well.

It is assumed that Bella was tied outside for about three weeks. A bag of food was left for her but was out of reach once she got tangled up.

She was extremely malnourished when she was found.

A witness first noticed Bella and informed a mailman, who called Saginaw County Animal Control and Care. Bella was rushed into surgery within an hour.

January is Unchain a Dog month. Dogs are social beings who thrive on the love and companionship of their human friends. Unchain a Dog Month is a time when dog lovers of all kinds come together to raise awareness of the inhumane conditions that dogs endure while tied up in tethers or chains. These conditions, which can include extreme temperatures and cramped spaces, often affect a dog’s physical and psychological health. Campaigners hope to encourage dog owners to bring their pets inside their homes this month.

“Walking in the backyard and seeing Bella in such distress that day was incredibly heartbreaking,” said Desi Sage, Saginaw County Animal Care and Control Officer. “Unexpectedly, Bella overcame being left for dead. I am honored to be able to be a part of his new life. I am beyond grateful to Best Friends Animal Sanctuary for ensuring that Bella will never endure such pain and agony again. I believe this next chapter in her life will help her move forward and hopefully land her in a loving home with people who truly see how special she truly is.

Bella flourished during her five-month stay at Saginaw County Animal Care & Control, gaining 12 to 15 pounds.

“Bella is a very loving dog,” said manager Bonnie Kanicki. “She teaches us a lot about overcoming challenges, being resilient, forgiving and loving. When the officers first went to help her, she didn’t struggle or take any position, and she showed neither fear nor aggression. She knew that they were going to help her and get her out of there.

Animal cruelty charges have since been filed against the person responsible for his care.

Because Bella demonstrated resource-protective behaviors around her food during temperament testing, the shelter sought a longer-term solution for her that could help her and provide the support she needed to recover. thrive in a home. Additionally, the shelter where Bella was housed tends to refrain from adopting animal cruelty cases into local community homes.

Bella was first noticed by a Best Friends employee after an article about her appeared in People. She was selected for admission to Best Friends Animal Sanctuary in November 2021. After reviewing Bella’s history, behavioral observations and medical records, Best Friends staff felt they could provide the care and l attention she needed.

Sage, who assisted in Bella’s initial rescue, and fellow Saginaw County Animal Control Officer, Father Balderstone, took Bella on a three-day, 1,800-mile journey to ensure both her safety and its comfort when arriving at Best Friends.

A local Michigan car dealer, Thelen Subaru, lent Desi and Abbe an Outback Limited and covered the full cost of gas. Additionally, Saginaw residents Bob and Pat Schust, who are longtime Best Friends supporters and volunteers, donated $2,000 to cover Bella’s transportation costs when they heard about her story.

Currently, Bella is working on settling into a new environment while healing emotionally and physically. Until Bella feels comfortable enough in her new surroundings and makes a full recovery, she will remain unadoptable.

Bella plays in her new surroundings (Courtesy Best Friends Animal Sanctuary)

“It really is the epitome of animal welfare, with everyone working together,” said Julie Castle, executive director of Best Friends Animal Society. “From the staff at the Saginaw County Animal Care & Control shelter, to the donors who helped pay for the trip, to Thelen Subaru for providing a loan car, everyone came together for Bella.”

Bella arrived at Best Friends in her usual persona, sporting a big smile and wagging her tail.

“Ultimately Bella’s best situation will be to be adopted by a family, but she’s going to love life here at the sanctuary until she brings it home forever,” Castle said. “We are grateful that we were able to help and play a small role in Bella’s life journey. That’s why we do what we do. These are the times that make the hard times worth it.

Anyone who wants to help Bella can do so by sponsoring her care at the Sanctuary. You can also help other dogs by adopting from a shelter near you.

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