Dog who chewed off its leg to escape adopted by couple
Posted On April 6, 2022
A dog who chewed off its own leg to try and escape while it was tied up has found a loving home.
In August, a mail carrier found Bella tied up in a steel tether without food or water among deplorable conditions in Saginaw, Michigan.
In a desperate attempt to escape, she chewed off her own leg at the thigh.
Bella was malnourished and underweight when she was found.
Staff at the Saginaw County Animal Care and Control Centre cared for Bella until it left Michigan for the Best Friends Animal Sanctuary in Kanab, Utah on January 15.
Saginaw County Animal Control Officer Desiree Sage, who rescued Bella, travelled with it out west.
“Once we got there, it was very emotional. It was almost like leaving my own dog behind but I knew she was in a great place,” Ms Sage said.
“She stole our hearts. That was how the story goes,” Ms Diehl said.
The couple adopted a senior pit bull named Roxanne from the sanctuary in 2015.
After Roxanne passed away in October, the couple wanted another pit bull in their home.
The day before her official adoption, Ms Diehl and Mr Reding flew out to Denver and rented a car to take Bella back to Illinois to ensure Bella had a comfortable journey home.
“She’s had such a horrible start to life. We intend to make up for that. I’m so happy that we can make life good for her so that she knows there actually is good things out there for her,” Ms Diehl said.
Ms Sage said she cried when she learned Bella found her forever home.
“The people that adopted her actually spent a whole week with her. So to know that they took the time to get to know Bella, to make sure that they could handle her, was heart-warming,” Ms Sage said.
Ms Sage said she hopes to drive out to see Bella someday.
As for Ms Diehl, she is more than happy to arrange a visit.
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“I think those are incredible people that did what they did for her. And that they took her out there. Best Friends is an incredible place for animals. And that they took her there to get what she needed was great,” Ms Diehl said.