Once abandoned dog left tied to a pole in ‘horrific condition’ honored with role on ‘Nutcracker’ performance

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Before Luna, a once abandoned dog left tied to a pole in “horrific condition” moved on to her foster home for the holidays, the talented pooch got to appear with the Southwest Virginia Ballet for three of the “Nutcracker” performances.

According to Angels of Assissi, the animal shelter in Roanoke, Virginia who has been caring for Luna since she was discovered in late November, poor Luna had been starved, had Lyme Disease and a worrisome lack of kidney function. At the time of her rescue when Animal Control found her and brought her to the Angels of Assissi, her prognosis was unknown; it was the “horrific condition” she had been found in that may have claimed her life.

“…She is in critical condition and is touch and go. Our medical team has her set up on IV fluids to help her kidneys and has placed her on antibiotics. We will continue to run diagnostics.”

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Luna, however wasn’t ready to give up and after a few days of the finest treatment any dog could receive, she regained “a sparkle of hope in her eyes.”

Everyday Luna continues to heal, and although she remains on antibiotics for her Lyme Disease treatment and a special diet to help her safely gain weight, she moved on to a foster home in preparation for that loving home in the future where she will be cherished her entire life. Meanwhile, however we can’t keep a superstar down, and when the Southwest Virginia Ballet reached out to the rescue organization inviting Luna to take the stage, how could anyone say no?

It was no shortage of applause as Luna appeared in her Christmas finery; the performers showered the sweet dog with treats and lots of love.

We are so happy this sweet girl has such a loving home to continue to heal. She will continue to come back for medical care, so stay tuned for more updates.

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(Photos via Facebook Angels of Assissi)

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