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Sweet dog beaten, shot, and left for dead seeks loving family

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Bella the pit bull was beaten, shot, starved, and left for dead - but hopefully, someone will read her story and finally offer her the love that she so deserves. KHQ News reported today that this sweet dog is recovering from gunshot wounds and now she needs to find a home.

Bella was found on Aug. 12 in a wooded area near Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. A family who was camping heard her cries and watched in horror as she came into their camping area, covered in blood and apparently starved.

The family realized that the pit bull was gravely wounded and they rushed Bella to a veterinarian. She was in such poor condition that no one thought that she would pull through the surgery. Somehow, the resilient dog did make it, but her diagnosis was shocking. Bella had been shot in her back and her neck with a .38 caliber bullet, and one of the bullets was lodged in her neck. Bella had also been beaten and she is now blind in her right eye. Sadly, the veterinarian could tell that Bella had also recently given birth to puppies, but the puppies were never located.

Bella has been terribly abused and then abandoned, but this beautiful girl still loves people. Bella's champion, Sarah Spier, rescued Bella and has agreed to foster the loving pit bull, nursing her back to health until Bella can find her forever family. Had Sarah not intervened, Bella likely would have been euthanized because of the extent of her injuries.

Animal cruelty is a serious crime. According to Idaho State Law, "Every person who is cruel to any animal, or who causes or procures any animal to be cruelly treated, or who, having the charge or custody of any animal either as owner or otherwise, subjects any animal to cruelty shall, upon conviction, be punished in accordance with section 25-3520A, Idaho Code."

Under Idaho State Law, "cruel" or "cruelty" shall mean any or all of the following:
(a) The intentional and malicious infliction of pain, physical suffering, injury or death upon an animal;
(b) To maliciously kill, maim, wound, overdrive, overload, drive when overloaded, overwork, torture, torment, deprive of necessary sustenance, drink or shelter, cruelly beat, mutilate or cruelly kill an animal;
(c) To subject an animal to needless suffering, inflict unnecessary cruelty, drive, ride or otherwise use an animal when same is unfit;
(d) To abandon an animal;
(e) To negligently confine an animal in unsanitary conditions or to negligently house an animal in inadequate facilities; to negligently fail to provide sustenance, water or shelter to an animal.

Victims of animal cruelty cannot speak for themselves. If you know who many have abused Bella, contact the Kootenai Humane Society at (208) 772 4019.

Are you interested in adopting Bella? Email Sarah at SarahSpier @ gmail. com and tell her why you would be an ideal home for this wonderful dog.

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