Ernest Dempsey — There are dogs who will stay loyal to their owners even after the owners have breathed their last. Conversely, there are owners who will abandon their pet dog when changing places, endangering the dog’s life and causing it to suffer. This is what happened to Bella, a husky mix in Rhode Island whose life is at risk after her owners left her at another home before moving.
Bella, in addition to having the typical high prey drive of huskies, is not a fan of other dogs. While in her new home of under a week, she got off leash and injured a smaller dog. The original owners of Bella paid all the medical expenses for the smaller dog; however the incident led to Bella being seized and taken to a shelter in Warwick, RI. She has been there since March 2012. The town now wants to hold a hearing which they have already said was a “filling a square”, i.e., merely a formality.
The Lexus Project, a non-profit organization working toward saving dogs in danger, is representing Bella in the court. They have taken it into court to challenge the statute and the procedure. According to The Lexus Project, a caring group working for saving animals is ready to take Bella in and care after her until they rehabilitate her so that she can be placed in another home, possibly even with other dogs.
A number of attorneys are working on Bella’s case for months. In the interim, the 2nd family too has turned their backs on Bella. Animal rights advocates are joining the Save Bella page on Facebook. A number of attorneys are working on Bella’s case to help her come out of the trial. Animal rights advocates are joining the Save Bella page on Facebook. Also, a page for donations has been set up to help pay the expenses for Bella’s legal work. Although the attorneys all work pro bono, filing papers and other procedures involved, including rehabilitating, will cost at least $1000.00. Donations are desperately needed to help Bella.
Bella’s story is tragic in that her family chose to abandon her while spending months caged at the shelter has added to her suffering. Hopefully, with public support and contribution, this beautiful canine will find her forever home with the group of caring people who are ready to welcome her.
Donations to Bella’s case are being accepted online at the link http://faithinmichigan.chipin.com/lady-bears-training-costs. For updates on the case, follow https://www.facebook.com/pages/Save-Bella/270965732991376?sk=info .