Dog marked for death arrives at Utah sanctuary with second chance at life

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KANAB, Utah (Dec. 29, 2014) – A dog who had been marked for euthanization has a new lease on life, thanks to a social media campaign.

When Bela’s owner died, her will said she wanted the dog put down and buried next to her or sent to a Utah animal shelter. Bela’s story got national attention, and the social media push to #SaveBela gained enough momentum to raise money to send the dog to the shelter.

Bela arrived at Best Friends Animal Society’s sanctuary in Kanab, Utah, Sunday after traveling about 1,800 miles over the course of 58 hours, reports KSTU.

Staff members greeted the 9-year-old German Shepherd with a sign and toys. Staffers said Bela is a smart and loyal dog who deserves a second chance.

The dog from Aurora, Ind., had been cared for at the PAWS of Dearborn County Humane Center.

Source: KSTU