CHAMBLEE, Ga. - DeKalb County officials said Bluebell, a puppy believed to be a little more than a year old, had a pretty tough first year of life. But despite having her left leg amputated last week, she still has an outgoing and playful spirit.
"She is getting around amazingly and just had surgery a week ago. She's already running around, happy like nothing ever happened as if she has always been like this," said Lifeline Animal Project spokeswoman Karen Hirsch.
Hirsch told FOX 5's Portia Bruner a concerned citizen spotted the severely wounded stray and dropped her off at the DeKalb County Animal Shelter in Chamblee in early February. Lifeline Animal Project workers gave FOX 5 News photos of the dog's injuries before the dog underwent two surgeries. The photos show a large growth on the animal's rear left leg and raw flesh from where an embedded collar was removed from Bluebell's neck.
"It looked like something was wrapped around it so tight, it had grown into some sort of a stump and then was starting to fall off, so that's the leg that was amputated. She also had surgery on her neck from where the caller was left. It looks like someone put it on her when she was a puppy and never adjusted or removed it," Hirsch said as she and Bluebell played fetch with an old tennis ball.
Bluebell is recovering well and ready for adoption into any type of loving family. Caregivers are confident Bluebell will serve up lots of love for the next family that scoops her up.
"Dogs are incredibly resilient, so even at the hands of some monster who abused her, she is ready to find love again. All she really wants is a valentine to play with she'll give them lots of kisses," said Hirsch as Bluebell playfully licked the spokeswoman's face outside of the shelter.
For more information about Bluebell or any of the other animals available for adoption in DeKalb County or Fulton County visit LifeLineAnimal.org.