A gaur that chewed on its own leg after being abandoned went to the Animal Best Friends Society in Kanab, Utah.
Bella arrives on Tuesday, January 18 after a 1,800-mile trip.
Last summer, Bella was tied up with no food, water or shelter when a pile of wood wrapped around her leg. She was forced to chew her feet to free herself.
She was rescued by Saginaw County Animal Care and Control on August 16. They believe she was tied outside for about three weeks.
“Walking into the backyard and seeing Bella in such distress that day was unthinkable,” said Saginaw County Animal Care & Control officer Desi Sage. “Against all odds, Bella overcame being left to die. I am honored to be able to be a part of her new life. I am so grateful for Best Friends Animal Sanctuary for ensuring that Bella never again has to endure such pain and anguish. I believe this next chapter will help her move forward and hopefully eventually put her in a loving home with people who truly see how special she truly is. ”
While Bella was at Saginaw County Animal Care and Control for five months, she gained back 12 to 15 pounds and experienced care from the staff. The person responsible for her care has been charged with animal cruelty.
Best Friends Animal Society found out about Bella after an employee saw an article about her in People magazine. Desi Sage, the Saginaw County animal control officer who helped Bella with the rescue, and Abbe Balderstone drove to Best Friends in Utah to rescue her.
Thelen Subaru lent them a car and a pack of gas for the whole trip. Saginaw residents Bob and Pat Schust offered $2,000 to cover the cost of moving Bella to Utah.
Julie Castle, executive director of Best Friends Animal Society, said: “This truly embodies animal welfare, people working together. Thelen Subaru for lending a car, everyone comes together for Bella. “