A four-and-a-half-year-old dog named Sophie, rescued in an emaciated state months ago in an animal cruelty case in Agawam, continues to search for a forever home – after being kept in a shelter “four times more longer than average” according to the MSPCA-Angell, which is trying to find him a placement at home.
MassLive first reported on Sophie, a pit bull mix, in June when she was first rescued. Her former owner is facing animal cruelty charges after the MSPCA Law Enforcement Division in addition to Agawam Police intervened after receiving a report from neighbors of Sophie being beaten audibly and screaming in pain.
After being handed over by her previous owner, vets determined Sophie suffered from diarrhea, anemia, a fractured tooth and a thin coat in addition to emaciation after examining her, MSPCA said. Angell.
Although she was initially cared for by the MSPCA-Angell in a neglectful and abusive environment, the group said Sophie had since achieved a healthy weight and was “learning the typical dog behavior that she had been denied in her former home. home”.
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Described as a “silly, engaging dog who loves being with people”, Sophie has now spent more than 100 days in the shelter, far longer than most animals who are rescued and placed in the care of the MSPCA, the band.
While Sophie has made “a lot of progress” in building healthy relationships at the shelter, the MSPCA-Angell added that “her real transformation will begin once she has a family and a home of her own.”
The group said they are now issuing an urgent appeal for qualified adopters to come forward to “give Sophie the life she deserves”.
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MSPCA-Angell said Sophie should be placed in an adult-only home with committed adopters to continue her behavioral training, adding that the MSPCA Adoption Center’s behavior team will also support Sophie’s new adopters in her transition from the shelter to her new home.
“We need a hero,” Morgan Katz, MSPCA-Angell’s director of behavioral services at adoption centers, said in a statement. “Sophie is an incredibly sweet dog. We are constantly amazed at the enthusiasm with which she approaches each new adventure, and we have no doubt that she will meet her new adopters in the same way. Sophie deserves to have a happy life in a home with people who appreciate how special she is.
Those interested in adopting Sophie can apply on the MSPCA-Angell website.
Sophie, a young Pit Bull mix rescued by MPSCA law enforcement and Agawam Police (pictures from earlier this year)