Bela The Dog Is Saved From Owner’s Death Sentence

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When Indiana resident Connie Ley died in November, she said in her will that her dog Bela could either be euthanized and cremated or sent to Best Friends Animals Society no-kills sanctuary which is the home to more than 1,500 dogs, cats, bunnies and other animals.

Since no one knew which option the will’s anonymous executor would select, the public was very concerned and hoped that the 9-year-old German Shepherd would get a new chance at life. After a few nerve-wracking weeks, Best Friends CEO Gregory Castle welcomed the pooch to his new home in Utah.

“It’s wonderful to be able to welcome Bela here. It speaks to our principle of valuing all animal life. In this case, there was potential for something terrible to happen, but we are set up to give him a great life and all indications are that he is a beautiful and wonderful dog.”

Best Friends spokesman Eric Rayvid told The Huffington Post that folks need to decide on time what will happen to their dogs in case they die.

“Preparation is the key, but here’s the important part: Folks need to talk to the orgs if they’re looking to send pets to them. Most run at capacity and might not be able to take in a pet that they get surprised with like we did Bela.”

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