Mercy For Mercy, Abused Dog Gets Adopted
Published December 1st, 2013
GAINESVILLE - It's a happy ending for a dog we all know as Mercy. The one-year-old Lab Mix was beat and left to die before being rescued. After Mercy had a full recovery she was put up for adoption. It was her temporary caregiver who decided to keep her forever.
After surviving a brutal beating from her owner, this dog earned the name mercy. Lindsey Hidenrite the Vice-President of Helping Hands Pet Rescue said, "It was very public, a couple of children witnessed the beating happen which you know, gave us a chance to possibly catch who did it. Unfortunately, he's not been caught yet."
The dog's former owner beat and strangled mercy in front of two young girls back in September. He left her at the Polos Apartments in Gainesville to die. Mercy was rescued by Animal Services and taken in by the emergency clinic Helping Hands. Two weeks ago mercy was put up for adoption... But destiny had other plans for her.
CJ Hall an Adoption Counselor for Helping Hands Pet Rescue said, "It took a while but we finally got an application and unfortunately I was already in love and couldn't go through with it... So I ended up adopting her myself." Mercy captured the heart of her foster parent... The bond became so big that he decided to adopt her and give her a home forever.
While Hall has been in the industry for a decade, this is the first dog he's ever adopted-- making mercy that much more special. "I fell in love with mercy form the beginning but just over the past few weeks the bond has grown so deep that I couldn't imagine her living with anyone else," Hall said.
Not only did Hall take care of mercy during her time of need, but she's been looking out for him as well. Hall recently had an incident at work in which he hit his head and blacked out for a while, Mercy quickly came to the rescue. "Mercy reacted very strongly, she was barking and licking at his head and trying to get someone's attention to let them know what had happened... I think at that moment they formed a very strong bond," Hidenrite said. It’s an unbreakable bond she said.
If you'd like to find out more about the work Helping Hands Pet Rescue, click here.
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