3/22/12 UPDATE: CARMELA WAS ADOPTED! Carmela was adopted by the animal control officer that originally brought her in. According to her rescuers, Carmela “loved him all along and didn’t want to go to anyone else. He finally gave into his love for her, too. Truly a match made in heaven”. How’s that for a happy ending!
The petition asking for the maximum sentence for Carmela’s former owner has been closed, because animal cruelty charges were not filed against Michelle Busse. Let’s hope that justice will be served and Busse serves prison time, however, since she was also arrested and charged for drug posession and theft. Trial for these charges is scheduled for May 2012.
You may remember Carmela, the dog who chewed her own leg off when her owner did not provide medical care for her injuries. Carmela is now up for adoption at the Sun Valley Animal Shelter in Glendale, Arizona.
After all she has been through, she still remains a happy dog. Carmela is thriving under the good care she is now receiving, and smiles all the time! After being hit by a car over a year ago, Carmela’s leg became so infected, she chewed most of it off to the point where she walked on bone. Once she was rescued, the remaining part of her leg was amputated. But according to the Sun Valley Animal Shelter, she gets around just fine! She is “a curious big girl that loves to meet new people; just a little dog in a big body.”
Carmela is a three year-old, 35 lb. pit bull terrier mix. She has been spayed. Since she is still leery of other animals, she should be an only pet unless she is introduced to another dog first.
Like so many animals that have been abused, Carmela really appreciates the love and attention she receives. If you can open your heart and home to this loveable girl, please consider adopting Carmela. Contact the Sun Valley Animal Shelter at (623) 872-7941. See Carmela as well as other great pets up for adoption on their website: http://sunvalleypets.org/Meet-Our-Pets.html
The petition asking for the maximum sentence for Carmela’s owner and alleged abuser can be found here: http://www.change.org/petitions/justice-for-carmela-dog-so-neglected-that-she-chewed-her-own-leg-off
Photo of Carmela courtesy of Sun Valley Animal Shelter