The story begins back on Wednesday, May 9 when according to the Dyersburg/Dyer County Humane Society, Trimble police were called out to Brandon Isbell's residence to address complaints of animal cruelty. When the officers arrived they found a severely emaciated white female boxer. Officers called the humane society to pick up the animal and have it cared for while Isbell was placed under arrest for suspicion of animal cruelty.
The humane society took Angel Baby to Animal Care Clinic on St. John Avenue to be evaluated. It was there that it was discovered that Angel Baby could not hear. No other physical ailments were found other than lack of food.
Isbell was charged with animal cruelty and was given a six-month suspended sentence and served 48 hours in the Dyer County jail. He was also ordered to pay restitution and ordered to turn custody of Angel Baby over to the humane society.
With the court case behind them, the shelter began the painful task of nursing Angel Baby back to health. It was a difficult road as the average female boxer weighs around 65 pounds and Angel Baby was weighing less than 50 pounds, approximately 30 percent underweight. To put it in perspective, Angel Baby weighed the equivalent of a 5-foot, 4-inch woman weighing at 100 pounds. But just as her namesake, Angel Baby would have several angels that would cross her path and help her find the dog that was somewhere inside her.
As for being deaf?
That has not slowed Angel Baby down one bit as she still has all her other senses, although she did require a special foster to step up and care for her since she was a special-needs dog.
While the humane society worked with Angel Baby to get her eating and socialized they began the work of finding her a forever home or a rescue group that could help with her special needs. Enter Angel Baby's next angel: K. Teri Askew of Labrador Retriever Rescue of Nevada. She stepped in and connected the humane society with the Angel Dogs Foundation out of San Diego, which specializes in fostering hearing-impaired animals.
Angel Baby arrived in San Diego in the late-night hours on Tuesday after an exhausting but exhilarating ride. She now waits for another angel to come into her life and give her a forever home so she can love on them as she was meant to.
Information for this article was obtained through the ASPCA and http://www.petobesityprevention.com.