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“She’s fat and happy,” abused dog sees happy ending

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) – What began as a tragic case of puppy neglect and abuse has now turned into a happy ending.

Opal, a 12 week old pit bull/mix, was brought to Ollie’s Canine Rescue in Terre Haute in early November.

“Two ladies walked in and said they saw Opal thrown or thrown from a vehicle in front of them, so they stopped and picked her up,” said Tom Kuhl, owner of Ollie’s Canine Campus.

Kuhl said unfortunately this is something they see all too often and opal is another case of neglect.

“She was very malnourished, she had some intestinal parasites that needed medication, but apart from being malnourished and scared and frail, she was amazingly in decent shape because she was so bad looking,” Kuhl said.

Luckily, adoption coordinator Emily Turner had previous foster dogs and was willing to adopt Opal immediately.

“Opal came in first and I was here and I was like, ‘I have to feed this dog right now.’ but it’s kind of difficult when they’re super malnourished because you can’t just give them whatever they want, you have to do it slowly,” Turner said.

Photo of Opal when she was first brought into Ollie’s Canine Campus

Kuhl said that such a case is unfortunately not unfamiliar to them and often happens every day.

“We get calls every day from people wanting to give away dogs for one reason or another. It is heartbreaking that we are unable to do more due to limited space and funds. We have taken in so many dogs with illnesses over the past few weeks and have literally spent thousands of dollars treating these dogs to the vet to get them healthy again,” Kuhl said.

As we move into the rest of the holiday season, Kuhl said this serves as a reminder not to give anyone a puppy unless you’re sure the owner can handle it.

“The holidays are a bad time to give away puppies and dogs because they become disposable items and they aren’t. They’re part of the family,” said Kuhl.

The good news? With care around the clock and lots of love, Opal will be fine.

“After a week it was a complete turnaround, she was already a completely different dog and at two weeks she’s already fat and happy and it’s been great,” Turner said.

Opal already has a family and she will join them in a few weeks when she is ready.

However, there are still several dogs on Ollie’s Canine Campus that need forever homes.

You can get more information about the dogs by visiting their Facebook page or by calling 812-814-4553.

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