Lifestyle & Human Interest

Five Months After Abused Dog Found Tied Up in Dumpster, She Finally Has Forever Home


The past year has been filled with abuse, medical procedures and an emerging resilience for a 1-year-old Malitpoo-terrier mix named Chloe.

About five months ago, a passerby heard the desperate whimpers of what sounded like a dog coming from a trash bin in downtown Long Beach, California.

The good Samaritan rummaged through the trash to find a small dog that had been tied up, beaten, covered in urine and left for dead.

Veterinarians at Long Beach Animal Emergency found numerous life-threatening injuries throughout the pup’s body, including a skull fracture, brain swelling and multiple rib fractures.

According to KDVR-TV, Dr. Thomas Babcock tended to the dog, later named Chloe, reporting that she had also had a broken femur in one leg.

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Chloe had to endure surgery on her broken femur and now has a titanium plate inside her leg.

As news spread of Chloe’s horrific abuse and brave recovery, hundreds of hopeful households applied to adopt her and give her a loving home where she would never be abused again.

Doug and Maryanne James were the couple chosen from a lottery of ideal candidates to adopt Chloe.

They were overcome with emotion at the joyful news that they would welcome Chloe home with open, loving arms.

“We had just been crying and crying,” Maryanne said. “Our eyes were swollen from crying the whole day in happiness and joy.”

A team of compassionate humans wore red “Team Chloe” T-shirts and cheered as Chloe excitedly stepped foot into her new home, familiarizing herself with her new bed and toys that had been carefully prepared just for her.

“We will never ever let anyone hurt you again,” Maryanne told her new pooch.

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Knowing that Chloe will always carry a piece of her traumatic past with her, Maryanne and Doug added a poodle to the family as well, giving Chloe a constant furry companion by her side for comfort.

So far, nobody knows who committed the abusive crimes against Chloe, but people who want to see justice served have come up with a $20,000 reward for information that leads to an arrest and conviction of the perpetrator, KDVR reported.

Chloe now has a village of supporters by her side who are thrilled that the pup can step into a new life of happiness, joy and love.

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A graduate of Grand Canyon University, Kim Davis has been writing for The Western Journal since 2015, focusing on lifestyle stories.
Kim Davis began writing for The Western Journal in 2015. Her primary topics cover family, faith, and women. She has experience as a copy editor for the online publication Thoughtful Women. Kim worked as an arts administrator for The Phoenix Symphony, writing music education curriculum and leading community engagement programs throughout the region. She holds a degree in music education from Grand Canyon University with a minor in eating tacos.
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