She spent 12 years in a cage at the puppy mill, but watch when her rescuers show up
This is the story of an elderly Chihuahua dog that went through so much and was still able to live a beautiful life, despite the horrendous challenges she had to face. Be sure to have a box of tissues on hand!
Everyone, meet Bella. She was 12 years old when she was discovered in a puppy mill in Portugal, locked up in a cage without ever seeing sunlight. When Bianca Associado found her, she was in terrible shape. Sick beyond compare, with a glaucoma in her left eye, ingrown nails and was chock full with parasites. She was so malnourished, her muscles were wear and she couldn’t walk.
Rescuers took the unfortunate puppy for treatment and she was soon adopted in the Netherlands, with Irene. While with her forever owners, she underwent a multitude of surgeries - her teeth were removed because they were rotten and falling out, she received injections for the parasites that were roaming her body and her muddy eye was taken out, because it put a lot of pressure in her head. She barely woke up from the anesthesia but she fought through it.
Bella spent additional four peaceful years before encountering another problem in her old age. Glaucoma had taken her other eye as well, causing pressure to build up, so they had that removed as well.
Bella was left completely blind at 16 years of age, but that did not stop her from enjoying what life she had left. “Not only with eyes can you see beauty”
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