Abandoned on Christmas eve, Sadie finds her guardian angels

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A dog that was found abandoned behind a Walmart on Christmas eve is getting a chance at a fresh start for the new year.  The dog, who has now been named Sadie, was taken in by two compassionate Walmart employees after she was discovered tangled up in a rope and unable to stand.  “I just felt really sorry for her. She was pathetic-looking and really friendly,” said Richard Leighty, 70, who works in the store’s garden department.

The 40 pound mix breed was initially tied up with another smaller dog that ran away when they got them untangled.  When Leighty found out that Yuba County Animal Control was closed for the holiday he decided to take her home for Christmas.  He and another employee, Jamie Perkins, are sharing the foster care for Sadie, who is estimated to be just under a year old.

Though people were initially afraid to approach the tangle of dogs, Sadie is very sweet and friendly. “The first time I approached her, I got the wiggle butt,” Perkins said.  He did some temperament tests with her and did beautifully. Sadie has since been checked out by a vet and had vaccinations and been spayed thanks to the help of Chako, a pit bull rescue group in Sacramento.

Sadie had a bald spot on her back and some minor wounds when she was found, but is healing nicely and is extremely happy to be spending time at Perkins home with her family and her large persian cat.  Leighty wasn’t sure how Sadie would react to his home on a five acre property shared with other animals including chickens and horses, but it went smoothly.  “I didn’t know how my dogs would react. They’re usually very aggressive toward other dogs. But they took to her immediately.”  “She attempted to chase a chicken at first, but I said, ‘no,’ and she immediately stopped and followed me,” Leighty said.

Sadie is up for adoption and while they wait for the perfect forever home for her they are trying not to get too attached to the sweet girl.  Anyone interested in adopting her should contact Nancy Pasternack at [email protected] or 749-4781. Find her on Facebook at /ADnpasternack or on Twitter at @ADnpasternack.

5 thoughts on “Abandoned on Christmas eve, Sadie finds her guardian angels”

  1. Blessed are these Wal-Mart workers for saving Sadie..Now lets all work together to find her a for-ever home and make her 2013 Christmas the best Christmas of her life. It truly saddens me to know some one could toss this or any fur baby out with the trash, but on Christmas eve on top of it. My 6 fur-babies were all snug in “my” bed while dances of sugar bones, danced in their heads. As this and another fur-baby were tied out with the trash behind a wal-mart store. Thank goodness for the kind hearts of a couple of the wal-mart workers who saved one of the fur-babies. (the other seems to have got away when then were untangling what they were tied by the trash with) People just make me so sick that could toss a breathing being out with the trash. My family are animal lovers in this area, and hopefully we can spread the word of this story and someone will recognize the dog and send the authorities to the previous owners for arrest! Sadie you are in good hands now my dear, and we will work on finding you a for-ever home that will always love you.

  2. Thank YOU so much for sharing her ( Sadie’s) story. She is such a sweet and loving girl who deserves a loving home to grow old in. Hopefully her wait for her forever will not be much longer.

  3. I agree with the comments.thank you for helping her. If the people who hurt animals were treated the same as what they, I think most of the abuse would stop. The same goes people who abuse children. The law in the US do not work. We need to end the abuse. I am tired of the innocent getting hurt or killer while the one who committed the abuse sits in a warm cell, full of food, heat,air,gym, tv, computers, and more. This is at the tax payers expense. At times the animal is put down. The child suffers its whole life. People are homeless and hungry. Something is verry wrong with this picture.
    Thank you again for helping her. I would like to see her stay with you. She seems to be so happy. You can tell the soul of a man by how he treats animals.


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