In Bailey’s almost three years of life, she’s known little kindness. This poor girl was abandoned as a puppy and picked up as a stray in the streets of a rural Florida town. She languished for more than seven months in the shelter because she was heartworm positive. Life seemed to be looking up when she got adopted.
It turns out that the family who professed to be saving her really wanted her for dog fighting. After she was savaged by another dog just two days later, the family called the volunteer who had unwittingly helped them and said that Bailey had been attacked by an animal. They said they couldn’t afford to take her to the vet, so the volunteer took Bailey to an emergency clinic. That’s where Bailey had surgery for a leg that was sliced open to the bone. The vets said that her wounds were from dog bites, and according to those trying to find her a home now, it was determined that Bailey was deliberately harmed.
Back at the shelter, they put Bailey in quarantine for a month during which time she was alone, frightened and not allowed any visitors. After the court case (during which the volunteer testified against the adopters), the volunteer adopted Bailey to then try to find her a home. Bailey went out of state to a foster family where she lived for five months, but they couldn’t keep her permanently and when they moved, Bailey went back to Florida. She also needed surgery for a tumor. Before she could get surgery for the tumor, she was attacked by another dog in the foster home. She received medical care for both the attack and the tumor.
Bailey was then placed in boarding while recovering. Eventually, Bailey found another foster home where she demonstrated that she loves car rides, walks and snuggling. She also loves to swim. Unfortunately, the foster parents travel for work and couldn’t keep her forever. Now Bailey is back in boarding.
This poor dog has never had a home of her own. Shuttled from shelter to drug addict, from boarding to foster, she craves the love and security of a family who will love her forever. In spite of the many attacks she endured from other dogs, she is not dog aggressive. She is easy to walk, and she loves to play. But Bailey needs a home with no other pets. In a foster home, one of the other dogs (a submissive dog!) attacked her twice. With that and the fact that she was attacked as a puppy, the feeling is that Bailey will feel safest in a home with no dogs — both for her safety and the safety of other dogs. She loves kids but might be a bit too rambunctious for very tiny toddlers.
Please share her story so that she doesn’t spend her whole life in boarding. Bailey needs a home and it would be horrible for her to spend another year in boarding. Bailey has a Facebook page where inquiries can be made about adopting (or even fostering) her. Patti Brownlee Sansosti is the contact and can also be reached at (813) 679-1120.
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