Sweet little dog discovered in trash bag finds her “happily ever after”

Annabelle emerged from a nightmare story into one with a fairy-tale ending.

Two weeks ago, staffers at Richmond Animal Care and Control (RACC) saw yet another heartbreaking case of the unthinkable; a little dog had been found in a trash bag, alone at the side of the road.

Generally, staffers told CBS 6, it’s usually too late for these animals – but little Annabelle was found alive.

And now, she’s got a forever family to give her all the love she was missing before.

(RACC) officials posted the good news on their Facebook page over the weekend.

“The day has come!” officials posted. “We are THRILLED to announce that Annabelle was just adopted. A thousand thanks to each of you for supporting her through this journey at RACC. We share our joy with YOU! Good luck, sweet little girl, and may your life be wonderful and filled with love and snuggles.”

Bridgette Magne is Annabelle’s new mom.

Annabelle’s new mom was thrilled to have her home and later posted a photo of Annabelle,noting she was doing “awesome” in her new home.

“She and her big brother Jake are getting along great!” Magne wrote. “They’ve already eaten, and gone out, and had a visit and gotten presents! She’s sound asleep on my lap right now. Jake and I love her so much and can’t wait to give her the best life ever!!!”

Annabelle and her new brother, Jake.

Magne added that she was looking forward to seeing the dog “thrive and be happy.”

“I’ll try to start a FB and Instagram page for Annabelle and her brother Jake,” she shared.

The Shih Tzu mix was discovered in a garbage bag on the side of Midlothian Turnpike and was brought into the shelter late on Sept. 13, according to RACC Director Christie Peters.

“[The citizens] showed up here with a dog that had been found in a garbage bag that was still in the garbage bag in their car,” Peters explained.

Nearly 100 percent of the dog’s skin was infected including both of its eyes. The dog, that the shelter named Annabelle, is estimated to be five years old and also has poor teeth.

“She has been treated terribly in the past. Obviously, no one has cared for her in a very long time,” Peters stated. “This neglect has been months and months and months in the making.”

Annabelle is incredibly sweet and playful despite her appearance, Peters said.

Officials has asked anyone who recognized the dog or anyone who knows anything about the people connected to her to contact them, but at last check no one had come forward.

We are so thrilled for Annabelle and her new family; it’s a beautiful “happily ever after” story for this newly minted princess of a pup.

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