Headed To A Happy Home

The female Chihuahua that was abandoned Monday inside a thermal bag will soon be available for adoption, according to the Chautauqua County Humane Society.

The Chihuahua – aptly named Tinkerbell – will remain at the Humane Society until the investigation surrounding its circumstances is concluded. As of Wednesday, statements have been taken from all parties involved including a voluntary statement from a person of interest, said Edwin Rodriguez Jr., director of community relations at the Humane Society.

Although Tinkerbell is not ready for adoption yet, the Humane Society is accepting applications for consideration, going through its traditional adoption practice of finding the best home possible.

Rodriguez, who indicated that many cats and dogs are currently available at the Humane Society, said they even have other Chihuahuas like Tinkerbell.

Tinkerbell was found Monday along Southwestern Drive in Lakewood, apparently zipped inside a Coors Light thermal bag and left for dead.

According to Ray Muniz Jr., cruelty investigator with the Chautauqua County Humane Society, Tinkerbell was not only extremely scared and very cold when discovered, but standing in her own feces and urine, indicating she had been in the bag for quite some time.

“A short-haired Chihuahua inside a thermal bag with (freezing temperatures outside) is not a good mix,” Muniz said.

Tinkerbell was first spotted by a passing driver and eventually taken in by the Lakewood-Busti Police Department.

After receiving several calls about Tinkerbell’s owner, police were able to track down a woman who admitted the dog belonged to her.

According to her statement, it was an “ex-friend” who took the dog and placed it in the aforementioned bag.

Their identities have not been released yet.

As for Tinkerbell, Muniz summed it up best: “She got her spunk back.”

Anyone who witnesses signs of animal cruelty is encouraged to call the humane society’s Cruelty Tip Line at 665-2209, ext. 204.