LAFOLLETTE (WATE) – The future is bright for a puppy that was at death’s door not long ago. Rescuers with the Friends of Campbell County Animals found Scarlet in LaFollette suffering from a severe case of mange.
Scarlet’s owners Carla Gibson and Tyler Seiber were facing animal cruelty charges, but those charges were dismissed this week. Judge Amanda Sammons decided there wasn’t probable cause after hearing evidence presented by the district attorney’s office.
Scarlet now spends just about every day at UT Veterinary Hospital, but for different reasons.
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“She loves the hospital. She loves to go back in ICU and see all the nurses and doctors that worked with her,” said Scarlet’s new owner Luca Giori.
Giori works right along side them, so Scarlet can sneak or pop in for a quick visit.
“When I saw her in the hospital so sick, I pretty much fell in love with her and I wanted to do something for her,” he said.
Scarlet looks like like a new dog, growing a full coat of fur in about seven months. Vets even tried to fix her eye in surgery.
“This is part of her character. I like the way she is and I can’t really see her with a normal eye,” Giori said.
It’s amazing to see how resilient this young dog is.
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“She’s starting to act more like an adult animal now, even though she has some moments during the day that she’s still a puppy. But she’s very, very good and she’s sweet.”
Scarlet’s owner is grateful for everyone’s help and that she’s full of surprises.
“Most of the time I talk to her in English but sometimes I speak in Italian to her, so she might understand some Italian at some point,” said Giori.
District Attorney Jared Effler says there is no appeal process, so essentially his only option is to present the case to the grand jury. A decision has not yet been made.