BOARDMAN, Ohio (WYTV) — A dog named Bella is being cared for at Animal Charity after being found in poor condition at a home on Friday.
The fact that she made it through the weekend is a glimmer of hope, according to humane agents.
Boardman police found Bella in very poor health at a home at 34 Crestline place on Friday. Firefighters and paramedics were on scene administering NARCAN to someone who overdosed on heroin, police said. Animal Charity Executive Director Shalyse Bolash said whoever is responsible for Bella’s condition could face animal cruelty and neglect charges.
“We’re working with our attorney to get the charges filed. Hopefully within today or tomorrow, have them filed down with the courts,” said Bolash.
They took video of Bella for our station and provided us with new photos. She is recovering in a room by herself at the facility.
“It’s quiet. It’s cool down there. We kind of have her off to the side just to keep her comfortable,” Bolash said.
Bella is eating and drinking, but she can’t see because of cataracts. She also suffers from skin issues because of bacterial and fungal infections.
“We kind of have to treat both of those simultaneously, but we don’t want to overwhelm her body with all of these medications and dump everything on her at once,” Bolash said.
Animal Charity is also trying to determine if she has diabetes.
“If she is diabetic then we have to figure out how we’re going to give her insulin injections with her skin problems,” said Bolash.
They hope to have a better idea of how well Bella will recover by later this week.