Help Bocci get home to Utah. This six-year-old chihuahua was so traumatized during her life at a Lancaster County puppy mill that Humane League of Lancaster felt the last and best chance for her to find peace was the legendary Best Friends Animal Sanctuary in Utah.
Last year Bocci was removed by humane agents from Ervin Zimmerman's kennel in Ephrata, suffering from severe wounds to her ears and back. (Zimmerman was convicted of animal cruelty and lost his kennel license last year.)
Here's how the shelter describes Bocci one year after being rescued:
Bocci's physical wounds have healed but the trauma that she suffered from years of neglect has left her a shadow of a normal dog. If you have ever tried approaching a feral cat then you would understand Bocci's behavior; she runs when people come towards her and will not let anyone touch her. She is not housebroken, does not walk on a leash, and will only eat her food in the middle of the night when her foster mom is asleep and she feels safe enough to venture out of the corner of the kitchen that she prefers to stay in.
Shelter operators contacted Best Friends after being unable to place Bocci with a local rescue because of the lasting effects of her severe trauma. Two shelter staff members will drive Bocci 2,288 miles to Utah and return home by plane. The Humane League is seeking monetary donations, gas cards or frequent flier miles.
Donations may be sent to the HLLC or made online by selecting "Help Bocci get to Utah" from the drop down designation menu. If you are interested in donating frequent flyer miles, gas cards, or covering the cost of a rental car please contact the shelter at (717) 393-6551 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
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