DOWNEY - After her story appeared in The Downey Patriot last week, officials from the Southeast Area Animal Control Authority announced they are ready to place Bella the Chihuahua into a new home.Bella, only 3 1/2 months old, was rescued from inside a hot car in Bellflower two weeks ago. "She is the perkiest little girl and loves people," said Jackie Recalde, animal care technician and caretaker for Bella at the SEAACA shelter in Downey. Bella was left inside a parked car at the Kaiser hospital in Bellflower. The temperature inside the car measured 123 degrees, according to animal control officers. "We had to break a window and rush her to SEAACA's veterinary hospital," said Cpt. Aaron Reyes, director of operations for SEAACA. "Her vital signs were high and she had a temperature of 104 degrees when examined by veterinary staff." Bella's owner relinquished custody and SEAACA officials hope to place her in a home, Reyes said. Cost to adopt Bella (or any dog until Sept. 30) is $60 and includes spaying, vaccinations, micro-chipping and de-worming. 'It's going to be hard to say goodbye, but I'm sure her new family will be thrilled to have her when they see just how loving she is," said Recalde. Interested adopts should call SEAACA at (562) 803-3301, ext. 230.
********** Published: September 25, 2009 - Volume 8 - Issue 23