On Sunday evening, Matt Bentley ventured out to a salt desert area of Utah known as Salt Flats, with his dog Bella. What began as an off-road, dog birthday adventure (Bella was celebrating her third birthday) turned into a rescue mission when Bentley spotted a dog running alone in the desert area, reported Fox 13 News.
Bentley called out to the lone dog and she ran to him – after loading the ailing dog into his vehicle, Bentley was able to see just how dismal her condition was. The dog’s fur was gone, she was malnourished and had obviously been trying to survive without care for far too long.
The badly neglected dog was taken to a veterinarian, and then transferred to Utah Animal Adoption Center (UAAC), where she is receiving much-needed care. On Wednesday, the animal shelter updated Facebook followers about the dog, who is now known as Kelly:
She is doing well today. Had a bit of the runs today, I think eating real food has caught up to her. She sleeps a lot but that’s good for her. She has developed goopy eyes and is on medicine for that. She is not scratching as much so that’s a good thing. She is happy to see people when we come in. It hurts for her to stand on her front feet. They are red and sore. We are giving her foot baths and putting a good salve on them to help her out. She is still very fragile as far as her health goes. One day at a time!
Multiple people have inquired about adopting Kelly, and others have stated that she might be their lost dog. The animal shelter is hopeful that Kelly simply got lost, and wasn’t purposefully abandoned in the desert. The shelter wrote:
“We will be able to tell in a few weeks. I know that’s hard to wait on if your dog is lost. We just want to make sure if she is a lost dog, that she goes back to her home – the right home.”
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