By Rachel Lake (email@example.com)
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9:00 PM EST, February 8, 2013
Here's a story that'll just tug at your heart strings – two puppies abandoned in a wooded area in Pierceton. The dogs are doing fine now, but they're lucky to be alive considering wind chills dipped below zero this winter.
Vader and Journey couldn't be happier playing outside.
"They're just like any family pet you would have," said Tracy Landis, who rescued the pit bulls.
Four months ago, their owner decided he didn't want them anymore and dumped the then 6-month-old pit bull puppies in the woods.
"He would come out of the woods and sit and he would just watch the cars…and it was like he was waiting for someone to pick him up, waiting for his owners to come back," said Landis.
Landis runs SCARS Pitbull Rescue in Kosciusko County. She first heard about the dogs about two weeks ago.
"Pit bulls cannot do well in the cold weather, they just don't have the undercoat to be able to stand it so I was really worried about it," Landis said.
She spent a week trying to rescue them. Finally, she set up a doghouse and put out some food.
"Then when I got out there Saturday and they both came out of the doghouse. I put the leash on him and turned around and started walking towards my truck and he went right along with me and she just followed," Landis said.
Having survived on nothing but scraps of food, both dogs were malnourished. Vader also had bite wounds.
"You would think they would hate people, but they don't," Landis said.
Right now, they're at a veterinarian's clinic in Warsaw.
"They're doing great, they're doing great, they're both healthy, happy, gaining weight, they're both negative for heartworms and we've treated them for intestinal parasites," said Dr. Carla Carlton with the Lake City Animal Clinic.
"It's just amazing how they've just bounced right back and almost completely forgotten the last four months," said Landis.
Months spent in the bitter cold... The rest of their lives will be spent in a warm, loving home.
Tracy doesn't think Journey and Vader are siblings. She says Journey is full-blooded pit bull. Vader is a mix. But they’re both sweet dogs and will make great pets. Tracy will take them home Saturday. She's going to train them before putting them up for adoption. Of course, she wants to adopt them as a pair, but if that's not possible, Tracy says she'll be sure to find both a loving home.
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