Thanks to everyone who sent well wishes and helped us raise funds to cover her medical bills.
She is doing great!
Bella is a beautiful, five month old Terrier mix with an exuberant personality and a zeal for life. She is as smart as she is adorable and she knows it.
She loves everyone she meets, humans and dogs alike. She is very active and spends her days playing with other dogs and loves chasing tennis balls, or playing keep away. She loves being outdoors, exploring all the interesting flora and fauna, but is just as happy to sit by her human chewing on a bone or playing with her toys.
She is working on potty training and is doing well. She will even go to the door to be let out.
She does well on a leash, but needs more practice.
Bella will be spayed, micro chipped and updated on vaccines before adoption.
She loves kids, but would do better in a home with older kids.
She had a rough start in life, but will make someone an awesome family member.
Bella will require continued at-home physical therapy by her new owner.
We have surpassed our initial goal to help cover some of Bella's medical bills but she will still need additional medical care and rehab. All money raised above our goal will go directly to Chatham Animal Rescue & Education to help all the animals in need.
Bella had a big day today. She made her television debut and had her external skeletal fixator removed and is healing well. She is growing and getting stronger every day.
As you can imagine, a lot of people are interested in adopting Bella. She will need to heal for several more weeks before she will be available for adoption through Chatham Animal Rescue & Education. Once she is healed, C.A.R.E. will post information on their website ( www.chathamanimalrescue.org) about the application process so please check their site frequently if you are interested.
Bella is healing but she still has a long road to recovery. Here are a few photos of Bella with her surgeon from the Veterinary Specialty Hospital of the Carolinas, Dr. Elaine Holmes and with Dr. Kim Hosking from ActivePaws Rehab. Please continue to share Bella's story of survival. She is a strong and resilient pup!
Thanks to everyone for their compassion and concern for Bella. Thought I would fill you in a little more on her injuries and her future.
A lot of people have asked what breed Bella is and the answer is . . . we really don't know but based on her facial cowlick, she may have some Rhodesian Ridgeback in her.
When Bella was first brought to the Veterinary Specialty Hospital of the Carolinas, Dr. Sarah Leigh (ER vet) thankfully performed all the immediate and joint saving wound care that allowed her right leg to be saved.
When surgeon, Dr. Elaine Holmes, first met Bella, she was laying in her cage, sedate on pain medications but still giving kisses, looking at up with those bright eyes that said "help me and I'll love you forever." Dr. Holmes already knew from Dr. Leigh that they were dealing with severe and potentially catastrophic damage to Bella's right knee and a very complicated shattered left femur. The injuries Bella sustained were not typical injuries so the doctors needed to be a little creative with her repairs. They had to place 3 small pins in her leg in addition to suturing her ligament and tendon back together. They placed a large bandage on Bella's leg to keep tension off the repairs.
Now they are in the process of trying to get Bella out of the bandage to start intensive rehabilitation to get her to use the leg more normally again. Since the left femur was completely shattered they had to put an external skeletal fixator on the bone to stabilize it.
The good news is that Bella will likely get all of the implants for her fractures out within the next 6 weeks but it is very labor intensive in the meantime.
The great news is that so far she is using both legs! She will still need a lot of work on the right leg to get her to use it better and she will likely never be 100% normal on that side but the left is looking better and better everyday.
Bella's doctors hope to take some x-rays next week and see how things are going on the inside.
Although she's been through an awful lot, she continues to have a very sweet, rambunctious puppy personality!
Thanks again to everyone who helped spread the word about this extraordinary puppy! We truly appreciate it.
Bella is a sweet, beautiful three-month old puppy who was brutally attacked with a large knife by one of her owners during a domestic dispute to punish the other owner. Fortunately, Chatham County Animal Control was able to rescue Bella and take her to the Veterinary Specialty Hospital of the Carolinas (VSH) in Cary, NC. The police arrested the owner for felony animal cruelty as well as additional charges and Bella was surrendered to the custody of Chatham Animal Rescue and Education.
Realizing the damage to Bella's legs was more serious than previously thought, Dr. Elaine Holmes performed surgery and she and the amazing staff at VSH were able to save Bella's legs. The great news is that Bella will be able to recover and walk again with the help of Dr. Kim Hosking at ActivePaws Rehab once her bones begin to heal.
Bella is feeling better but has a long way to go before she can run, jump, roll around and fully be a happy-go-lucky puppy again.
She will need lots of follow up care at VSH and ActivePaws. Luckily Chatham Animal Rescue and Education has placed her with a loving foster family who is making sure she gets the medical attention she needs and the love she deserves until she can find a forever home.
Unfortunately, domestic violence cases often involve family pets as one of the victims and in some cases, are the only victim. Bella is lucky and she has a bright future ahead of her.
Bella's injuries were extensive so please help us pay some of her medical bills and spread the word about this sweet, innocent puppy in need! Every little bit helps!