Abused pit bull ready for a home

DOWNEY -- Bluebell, the 1 1/2 year-old pit bull that was nearly dragged to death by her owner as she drove the dog to be put down at the SEAACA animal shelter last year, is getting a new lease on life.Formerly known as Prada, the dog has spent the past 10 weeks recuperating from her injuries and is ready for a new home. "Her injuries sustained during the dragging have healed and her skin condition is almost completely healed," said Aaron Reyes, director of operations for SEAACA. Bluebell was nearly killed Dec. 4 when her owner strapped the dog behind a pickup truck and dragged her to SEAACA to be put down for mange, authorities said. Bluebell suffered severe road burns from the dragging. She had lost a lot of blood and was unconscious by the time the truck stopped at the shelter. The dog's former owner, a 25-year-old Norwalk resident, was arrested and charged with animal cruelty. Bluebell was immediately treated by SEAACA veterinarians. Her mange was also treatable, Reyes said. Since the incident, Bluebell has benefited from an outpouring of support from the community, officials said, including nearly $1,000 in donations to off-set medical costs. "Bluebell has been flooded with toys and fresh blankets thanks to the many donations received for her care," Reyes said. Bluebell was made available for adoption yesterday. Her adoption fee is $100 and includes her spay procedure, vaccinations, microchip, de-worming, and flea treatment. Interested adopters will be asked to complete an application and undergo a short screening interview. A lottery will be held if more than one person wants to adopt her. Bluebell should be the only pet in the household, said Reyes. "She has shown a tendency to become agitated in the presence of other animals, so we're going to be particular with her new owner and living arrangements," Reyes said. For more information, visit SEAACA at 9777 Seaaca St. in Downey or call (562) 803-3301. ********** Published: February 27, 2009 - Volume 7 - Issue 45