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Dog searching for new home after life of abuse

Courtesy: Humane Society of Independence County Courtesy: Humane Society of Independence County

INDEPENDENCE COUNTY, AR (KAIT) – The Humane Society of Independence County says all one pit bull puppy wants for Christmas is a forever home.

The shelter, however, has had a tough time finding new owners for the dog after she was rescued from a life of abuse and neglect about a month ago.

When volunteers found the dog, she was starved, had little water to drink and nowhere to sleep. They rescued her, took her into the shelter and named her Blue Belle because of the grayish-blue color of her fur.

The almost two-year-old dog has now picked up a few tricks as well as a few pounds since she came to the humane society in late November.

"I think she weighed around 30 pounds when she came into the shelter," said Michelle Hanson, the shelter manager. "She now weighs around 40, 45 [pounds], so she's gained a lot of weight since she's been here."

Shelter volunteers rescued Blue Belle after getting a tip from a concerned citizen about the dog's questionable living conditions.

"She was chained up," Hanson said. "She had really dirty water, no food. The people even said – they said we just fed her last week."

Hanson said when Blue Belle got to the shelter, it became clear that the pit bull loved people but had trouble around other pets.

"She loves people. She loves kids. She does not like other animals at all," Hanson explained. "She's very aggressive toward other animals, so whenever we do adopt her out, she needs to go to somebody that she's going to be the only animal they have."

The humane society normally adopts most of its animals to people living in Batesville, but Blue Belle cannot go home with anyone that lives within the city limits. That's because the town banned pit bulls a few years ago, so if someone's caught with a pit bull, they are automatically fined $600.

"We've done a lot of Facebook, a lot of Facebook," Hanson said about advertising Blue Belle. "We've contacted a few rescue groups. We haven't had any luck, but we have been trying to get her into a rescue in case we can't find her a home."

People have also been weary of adopting pit bulls, but Hanson said there is no reason to worry about Blue Belle unless she's around other animals.

"I mean you never know – any breed of dog can be bad. It all depends on how they were raised," Hanson said. "She did come from a place where she was starved, but I can even show you with treats that she won't bite."

Since she came to the shelter, Blue Belle has worked with a dog trainer almost every day to learn obedience as well a few tricks, like sit, shake and lie down. While she keeps practicing these skills, she now joins the 129 other animals at the shelter needing a forever home.

"It would be great if [Blue Belle] could get a good home," Hanson said. "We would all be ecstatic for her."

If anyone is interested in giving Blue Belle a home for the holidays, call the Humane Society of Independence County at 870-793-0090.

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