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Abused dog gets second chance at life

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Angel Baby showed her more playful side last Tuesday as she ran around the yard of the Dyer County Animal Hospital where she was boarded prior to her first-class journey to California.
This photo was taken of Angel Baby soon after her arrival at the shelter. The adult boxer was removed from her owner's care after neighbors complained that the animal was being mistreated and starved. Angel Baby weighted less than 50 lbs. when she arrived at the humane society.
Dogs are modest creatures. They want the simple things in life: food, water, shelter, but most importantly they desperately want their owner's love and are willing to please us in any way possible to attain that love. An adult boxer named Angel Baby is experiencing that love for the first time after being neglected to the point of starvation by her original owner.

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.

The first to step up was the pet retail store Hollywood Feed on Lake Road by donating special food to help Angel Baby gain weight. It was difficult at first as Angel Baby was cautious of humans and had little energy to eat, but slowly she came around and as she continued to eat, the real Angel Baby was revealed! Little by little she began to play and was found to be an extremely affectionate and intelligent dog.

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.

Mark and Kathy Johnson treated Angel Baby to a first-class ride from Dyersburg to Georgia. There, Angel Baby truly rode in first class from Atlanta, Ga. to San Diego, Calif. where she would be connected with a foster family until she finds a forever home.
After being boarded by Dyer County Animal Hospital on Highway 51, Angel Baby was ready for the ride of her life. Her afternoon on Tuesday, June 19 began with her own private plane courtesy of angel pilots Mark and Kathy Johnson, couriers for Pilots and Paws. The Johnsons arrived at Dyersburg Municipal Airport at 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, June 19 to give Angel Baby a ride to Georgia. From there, Angel Baby's journey would continue with a first-class seat from Atlanta, Ga. to San Diego, Calif.

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.

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That is SO mean! They should put him on a BIG diet while he is in jail. Maybe he could then relate to what his puppy felt like.

-- Posted by kindnessgoesalongway on Tue, Jun 26, 2012, at 8:53 AM

He should be starved like he did the boxer. She is a beautiful, loving animal and deserves more than he gave her. He should be banned from owning any animal for the rest of his life however long that takes.

-- Posted by Grandad on Tue, Jun 26, 2012, at 9:12 AM

Friends, if it wasn't for the neighbors reporting this, Angel Baby would be dead by now. You are the eyes and ears and that abused pet's last hope! If you see animal abuse, please call the sheriff's office if in the county, the police department in the city or the DDC Humane Society. At nights and on weekends the sheriff/Dyersburg P.D. should be called and they will dispatch the officer on call at the humane society.

-- Posted by Jazzybrad on Tue, Jun 26, 2012, at 9:57 AM

This heartless b*stard should be starved, beaten and put in jail for at least 6 months! How in the world anyone can harm an animal of any kind is beyond me. Dogs & cats (especially) offer us unconditional love and don't ask for much in return. Thank you to the folks who turned this sicko in! And thanks to the authorities & the Humane Society.

I have a cat (of 17 years) and she is fixed, stays indoors (never outdoors) and gets regular visits to the vet, groomer. It's not always easy or cheap but it's worth it!

-- Posted by Dude2010 on Tue, Jun 26, 2012, at 2:00 PM

I would like to have that SOB in My custody for about 10 minutes!

-- Posted by peoples advocate on Tue, Jun 26, 2012, at 4:24 PM

This could have been prevented. Would it be too much to ask for our city/county government to seek reimbursement of costs related to the care of abused animals through tax liens, wage garnishment, revoking of drivers license, etc., until the total cost is completely reimbursed? Three square meels a day for a few days in the county jail is just a slap on the hand...people like this need to be punished and their picture needs to be plastered all of the community.

Virtually every serious violent offender has a history of animal abuse in their past, and since there's no way to know which animal abuser is going to continue on to commit violent human crimes, they should ALL be taken that seriously. FBI Supervisory Special Agent Allen Brantley was quoted as saying "Animal cruelty... is not a harmless venting of emotion in a healthy individual; this is a warning sign..." It should be looked at as exactly that. Its a clear indicator of psychological issues that can and often DO lead to more violent human crimes.

Read more: Abuse Connection - The Link Between Animal Cruelty and Interpersonal Violence | Pet-Abuse.Com Animal Cruelty Database http://www.pet-abuse.com/pages/abuse_con...

-- Posted by metrist on Wed, Jun 27, 2012, at 11:40 AM

I have met that "human". He is an evil, sadistic self absorb pile of bones on two legs. He is mean to human beings so abusing a helpless animal doesn't surprise me. They only slap him on the wrist. I wonder if they dug up his back yard they might find evidence of other in humane acts.

-- Posted by ohyeah67 on Thu, Jun 28, 2012, at 12:58 AM

SO glad this turned out well, as a dog lover who recently lost my dog to unknown reasons(police were called) I was appalled to know someone would do this but not at all surprised. I am glad the dog got the love and attention and home she do well deserved but the former reader is right, report what you see, whenever and wherever you can, animal cruelty is not a joke.

-- Posted by titans2 on Fri, Jun 29, 2012, at 1:41 PM

These stories always breaks my heart. I'm always touched by the public outcry. But Americans need to realize that this type of abuse & cruelty happens to 10 billion animals in the USA to the animals we eat. Does your Soul approve of this? http://www.meatvideo.com/

-- Posted by julieveggie on Wed, Jul 4, 2012, at 10:55 AM

I am not sure if anyone who posted comments will ever see this as many months have passed since this article was written, but I am going to leave my message anyway.

I am the proud parent of the lovely dog featured in this story. She is a truly remarkable dog whose loving and gentle spirit touches everyone she meets.

To all those wonderful people who helped get her away from the vile slug who mistreated her, I offer my most heartfelt thanks. It was a long journey for her, but she has found her forever home. And she is thriving!

Every morning I am given the gift of her wiggly butt prancing around my bed as she nearly bursts at the seems with excitement that I'm awake and breakfast is coming. She loves her 3 brothers - well, loves keeping them in line. My oldest dog is roughly 12-14 years old and aging quite rapidly. She keeps a watchful eye on him and is so gentle and loving in her nurturing of him. This dog has been such a gift, and I am humbled, blessed, and eternally grateful that I get to be her mum.

-- Posted by ninnymoose on Fri, Feb 1, 2013, at 2:17 PM

Ninnymoose, on behalf of the shelter and board of directors, thank you for updating us on Angel Baby. It is happy endings like this that keep us doing what we do! Thanks again!

-- Posted by Jazzybrad on Sun, Feb 3, 2013, at 8:24 AM

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