A news anchor in South Toledo rescued a tan and white Pitbull who had been wandering outside the WNWO studio for days. Last Monday, Angi Gonzalez managed to lure the female dog with her chicken dinner, and calmly carried the dog to her car. Angi says that the dog had nearly been hit by a car just prior being rescued. The dog appeared afraid, but gentle, as seen in video taken of Angi's rescue.
The dog was taken to the Lucas County Dog Warden. Angi visited the dog the next day and the pit bull mix wagged her tail from inside her temporary kennel. Angi marvelled at how the rescued dog stood quietly, never barking despite the other strays barking away.
Despite airing the story repeatedly, no one stepped forward to claim the dog. Lucas County Dog Warden Julie Lyle says when the pup arrived she was given intake vaccinations, a quick exam and checked for a microchip (she did not have one). It appears the dog has given birth at least once.
The Pit bull has been named Lula Belle and has passed an aggression test and will undergo further heath exams to determine when, and if, she will be available for adoption. Several people have expressed interest in Lula Belle's care. Julie Lyle is happy people want to help the dog and points out they have 50 other dogs available. "A lot of people focus on a dog that has media attention...she needs a home just like the rest of our dogs but unfortunately we have probably 130 dogs in our building now and probably 50 up for adoption," Julie said.
Anyone interested in possibly adopting Lula Belle or another dog at Lucas County Animal Shelter can visit the Dog Warden's website. To see all the dogs available at the shelter visit their PetFinder page. If you know who the dog may belong to please email WNWO at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Update October 23, 2012:
After going unclaimed for 3 days, Lula Belle was awarded to the Dog Warden and given a series of tests. She has now passed a more thorough health exam in addition to the aggression test.
Today, she was spayed and will be ready for a new home by Wednesday.
Many people have suggested that Angi adopt Lula Belle, but Angi says it's not possible.
Angi explained, "I already have two dogs, a boxer/boston terrier and a german shephard, and I am not allowed to have anymore at my place. But I know we are going to find her a good home. I'll work my hardest : )"
Update October 25, 2012:
Lula Belle went up for adoption on Wednesday and remains available for adoption today. Anyone interested in possibly adopting Lulu Belle can arrange a visit with her by contacting the Lucas County Animal Shelter at (419) 213-2800. Lula Belle has passed her health and behavioral checks and is now looking for her forever home!
Update November 7, 2012:
Lula Belle has officially been adopted! She went home with Tim Curry to live with her new forever family yesterday!
Tim says that Lula Belle is "a really shy gal but I know she'll grow out of that with time but on the up side she loves my grandson her tail just go's crazy everytime she ner him."
Tim declined a request to have media present when he picked up Lula Belle from the shelter, expressing fear that the attention may jeapordize a case involving his daughter, Carissa, even though Carissa and Tim do not live at the same residence. Carissa is currently involved in a legal battle and says that her loyal dog Duke is being unfairly labelled as a "dangerous dog" for defending their home from an intruder (Here is the link to Carissa's story "Single mom asks public for support after dog bites alleged home intruder")
Below are some photos Tim has shared of Lula Belle's first day home, meeting members of her extended family.
Lula Belle meets Tim's grandson Kaleb and "grand-dog" Duke
Lula Belle gets a hug
Lula Belle and Kaleb
Lula Belle and Kaleb