Freezing Dog Rescued, Finds Forever Home on New Year’s Day

by Amy Drew

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Penelope the pit bull has a brand-new home.

She found her forever family on New Year’s Day and the experience was a far cry from where her story (the part we know about, anyway) began.

Not long ago, a concerned citizen found her shivering in the bushes out on the streets of Richmond, VA. She alerted animal control officers, who came to rescue the freezing pup.

Vets for Richmond Animal Care and Control treated her for hypothermia, preventing its onset, and cleaned up multiple bite wounds they suspect she suffered as a result of being part of a dog-fighting operation. She had a fracture and holes in her sinus cavity, as well.

RACC believes Penelope to be three or four years old. Her case is now an open investigation.

“Penelope is the poster child for the work our shelter does every single day,” Director Christie Chipps Peters told WDBJ. “We rescue animals from terrible situations, work hard to rehabilitate and provide medical care and then strive to find a great forever home. We are thrilled that we could be a part of this sweet dogs life at a time when she needed it most. Additionally, we are so very grateful to everyone that supports our city shelter.”

Good news, according to RACC: 2017 marked the first year there was enough funding in their foundation for every life-saving surgery necessary for the animals in their care. In 2016, they were only able to help 68 percent of their charges.

“We see animals that are injured, neglected, animals hit by a car, thanks to this foundation we were able to cover the emergency care of any animal in need in the city,” said Robin Young, RACC outreach coordinator.

They also funded over 1,300 hours of on-site behavioral training and assessment services, to help make sure that each of the dogs and cats in RACC’s care found the right home.

“Penelope was definitely was a critical case when we found her,” Young said. “She was definitely a case where she needed care and she needed it right away. There wasn’t time to wait on another private shelter to come in.”

RACC, of course, will still need plenty of funding to continue helping in 2018.

“It’s a continual need, everyday; we don’t know whats going to come through our doors.” she said. “So 2017 was a great year but… we always need donations to keep this going.”