Lucy is an American Staffordshire Terrier that endured unimaginable hardship when she was found on the streets of Colombia over a year ago. She appears to have been repeatedly used as a breeding dog and when she was found by a Good Samaritan, her nose and jaw were badly broken and she was starving.
Lucy was taken in by a kind foster family for several months in Colombia, where she regained her strength. When a volunteer at Stray from the Heart in New York heard about Lucy’s plight the woman arranged for her to fly to New York where she has been under the care of the rescue ever since.
Lucy’s facial bones never healed properly from her injuries, but thankfully a specialist said she is in no pain and she has no problems eating or drinking. As Lucy was not suffering, Stray from the Heart decided against putting her through the extensive surgery, which would basically have been cosmetic.
Since arriving in the United States, Lucy has gone to rehabilitation and her foster family in Connecticut say she's a laid back and easy going dog. Despite all the abuse she suffered, she loves people and really loves small dogs. Maybe its because they remind her of all the puppies she gave birth to in the past. It’s been nearly a year since Lucy arrived in New York, and she’s still waiting for a forever home and for that special family who will look past her unique features and see her loving personality shining through.
Stray from the Heart will adopt Lucy out to a home on the East Coast and to a home where she’s the one and only or with small dogs. Details on who to contact if you, or someone you know may be interested in adopting Lucy are on Lucy’s Petfinder listing.
Update: September 22, 2013
Lucy has been adopted and has a wonderful new home! Over a year and a half ago, Lucy was rescued from the streets of Columbia by Stray from the Heart. She was flown to the US and spent time with Kim Barnett, a trainer in Madison Connecticut, where she learned to overcome her past life of abuse.
Stray from the Heart ensured she received the best medical and dental care for her broken jaw and nose. And as the vets determined she was able to eat, drink and breathe comfortably, they opted not to put Lucy through unnecessary surgery to correct her face.
Although they received many offers to adopt Lucy, Lucy needed the time to fully heal from her past. She needed to learn to trust humans and other dogs and with the time and care given her, she has.
Stray from the Heart wrote on their Facebook page, "She has become confident that dogs are friendly and has even developed a special bond with a Basset mix named Will, where she had been staying. Will adores her and he's the only dog she allows to clean her face and ears. Lucy's new family have fallen in love with him as well, and hope to adopt Will in the very near future, so Lucy will have her little buddy and personal hygienist by her side."
Lucy has been adopted by Paula and Dee and now lives in upstate New York on a large property. She now has 1 acre fenced-in back yard to play in and a few cat friends to hang out with.
Paula and Dee's last rescue dog Jezebel recently passed away. They knew they wanted to have another special dog and came across Lucy. They remembered Lucy story from reading it last year and approached Stray from the Heart to find out more about her.
Paula and Dee wrote, "After phone calls and visits to her foster home we knew we were in love. Last night Lucy arrived with Kim who has given her a fantastic life for the past year and a half. She greeted my cats beautifully and made herself at home, sampling every couch. We woke up this morning to a cheerful, loving, force of nature and knew Jezebel had led us to her successor and the cycle of love and change and healing had begun once again. Life goes on and love never dies. Welcome Lucy."
Here's a short video of Lucy enjoying a snack with her new family.