Updated: December 31, 2020 05:14 PM
Created: December 31, 2020 10:44 AM
GREECE, N.Y. (WHEC) — As family and friends mourn the death of a Greece woman, one of her furry companions is facing a long road to recovery.
According to Second Hand Dog Rescue, the dog, named Bella, is facing at least two to three surgeries to take care of conditions ranging from a mammary tumor to an ACL issue, among others.
Bella was one of three dogs that belonged to Ottilia Piros, 36, who police say, was shot and killed in her home. Officers discovered Piros dead in her kitchen Tuesday morning while conducting a welfare check at her home on West Parkway. Friends told us Piros loved her pets, including Bella.
In a Facebook post, the organization reports, before her murder, Piros had been trying to afford the surgeries for Bella. The first appointment is set up at York Animal Hospital for Thursday. In addition to her physical condition, organizers believe it will take Bella time to mentally recover from losing her owner.
"As of right now, the rescue is going to pay for the surgeries," Wendy Weisberg, the founder of Secondhand Dog Rescue, said. "We do need help with fundraising. We are not governmentally funded. We are privately funded, and basically, it's by whatever I have of my own money, and whatever money we can raise."
Piros's two other pups were taken in by her family, and while Bella originally went to a neighbor, who got in contact with the organization. Organizers say Bella has a foster home, and for the time being, they will hold off on adoption applications until she can get healthy.
Weisberg says Bella will require about a month or two of crate rest before she will be available for adoption.
If you wish to help, you can call the dog's vet directly at 585-243-5660, or call 585-305-5111 the vet also set up a page.
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