SANTA FE, N.M. (KRQE) – She was shot several times and left for dead in the middle of nowhere. But a group of teenage boys saved her life. Now, Lily the dog is getting another chance with a family that was touched by her story and her rescuers.
Greeted with kisses Thursday afternoon, Lily is finally going home with a new family. Her rescuers came to the Santa Fe Animal Shelter to see her off.
“I think that these guys will take really good care of her,” said Cole Bodelson.
Lily, a blind, black lab, was on the verge of death when 16-year-old Bodelson and a group of friends found her as they were off-roading in Santa Fe three months ago.
“We saw her paw which had been severed all the way around, she was laying on her paw like protecting it, and we were afraid if we picked her up she would have like some kind of horrible wound under there,” recalled Bodelson.
And she did. Her leg was severed and likely had been for weeks. She had four bullet wounds, two of which are still lodged inside her body.
But Bodelson carefully picked her up and the teens drove her to the Santa Fe Animal Shelter.
“It’s amazing that they took the time and rescued her,” said Evan, whose family is adopting Lily. “I don’t think most people would do that.”
Eleven-year-old Evan and his family saw Lily’s story online as they were searching for a guinea pig to adopt.
“She looked pretty rough and when I was here I was completely surprised about how like good the shelter took care of her,” he said.
“I couldn’t stop thinking about her,” said Evan’s mom, Denise. Denise and her family visited Lily, and met her rescuers last week. “That they took the time to care for her, to try to get her help is really remarkable, it speaks to their character,” said Denise, of Lily’s rescuers.
She was starving, injured and alone when the four teens scooped her up. Now, Lily’s leg and eyesight are gone, but she’s gained a whole lot more, another shot with a loving family.
Lily gained about 15 pounds at the shelter. Her new family lives in Albuquerque. They told the teens who rescued her, they’re welcome to visit anytime. Her cruelty case is still open and detectives still don’t know who shot her.