Dog left for dead given 2nd chance

Published 12:00 am Friday, August 29, 2014


A dog thrown from the back of a pickup truck and left for dead has captured the hearts of thousands thanks to efforts from the Andalusia Humane Society and Andalusia Animal Shelter.

Animal shelter officials said Thursday that Bella Rose came to the shelter on Aug. 25, after a woman observed her being thrown from the back of a truck. She was either run over or fell wrong and sustained broken back.

“She stated she wanted the puppy to be euthanized, which by all looks at first was the best option,” said Christin Ball of the shelter. “However after minutes of interaction with who has now became Bella Rose I knew that was not going to be an option.”

Ball said that she and Jim Flourney of the Andalusia Humane Society decided to develop a wheel chair device for Bella Rose in order to enable her to move around and enjoy life.

“Jim got right on the job and within two days had the first model ready to try,” Ball said. “Once we got her up and strapped in, she immediately took off and you could see the happiness and joy in her little face.”

Ball said they shared Bella Rose’s success on the social media outlet Facebook.

“We then took to Facebook to share her video of the before and after the wheelchair and the rest is history,” she said. “We have had more than 7,000 views and 2,000 shares on her story and the kind words of support and gratitude have poured in.”

Bella Rose is still in need of veterinary services and an account has been set up to help fund it.

“We have now set up a YouCaring link on our Facebook page for those that can donate to help with her vet care,” Ball said. “We have also had numerous people message us on wanting to either foster or adopt as well as some rescues come forward to take her in and do what is needed to get her back to 100 percent and adopted out – the farthest being in New Jersey.”

For now, the dog will remain in the Andalusia shelter.

Those wishing to donate may visit the shelter’s Facebook page or call 222-8705.