This summer Animal Friends of North Central West Virginia rescued a beaten and injured dog, and her eight puppies from Boone County. Months later her ‘furrytale' story adds a new chapter.
About four months ago when we first introduced you to Hazel, she was an emaciated mother, with eight newborns and a broken leg. Fast forward and she is happy and healthy, and has found a home.
"My boyfriend has been wanting a dog his entire life and heard about her puppies and we came to visit up here and the whole time while we were here I saw Hazel and I immediately fell in love, and heard her story and I was really taken in by it," said Elizabeth Dransfield.
That day one of Hazel's eight puppies found a home, and so did she.
West Virginia University student Elizabeth Dransfield's boyfriend adopted one of the puppies while Dransfield's parents adopted Hazel.
"Two weeks ago when the storm hit in New Jersey, my parents had to come up here to stay with me. They met her and within 20 seconds were completely in love," said Dransfield.
After arriving at the shelter Hazel needed to have a broken leg amputated. A, primarily, social media campaign raised more than $5,000 that the shelter needed for her surgery.
While she may run on three feet, she's every bit as quick as her four-legged friends.
"When you take her on a walk she will try to run," said Amanda Forsythe of Animal Friends. "You literally have to run to keep up with her, if not you feel like you are choking her because she's pulling."
The shelter said Hazel was an amazing mother to her puppies, and won the hearts of everyone she met.
"She's really playful, at the same time really mellow. She's just a doll," said Dransfield. "The second I met her she ran right over to me, even though I hadn't met her before. She's just a sweetheart."
"Hazel loves everyone," said Forsythe, "She makes everyone feel special and that's what it comes down to."
As for her puppies, all eight little have all been happily adopted.