WNY Animal Lovers Use Facebook To Rescue Dog

May 7, 2012 Updated May 7, 2012 at 8:59 AM EDT

By WKBW News

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May 7, 2012 Updated May 7, 2012 at 8:59 AM EDT

ANGOLA, N.Y. ( WKBW ) It has been a long few days for "Belle," a female boxer who went from a kill shelter in the south, to having a leg amputated, and now arriving at her new home in Angola.

Channel 7's Allen Leight reports that a generous community came together with social media, for a special four legged friend.

Seven year old "Belle" was left abandoned in West Virginia by her former owners, and was eventually picked up by the local warden and taken to a kill shelter.

"Belle" was practically un-adoptable due to a nagging leg injury that caused her severe pain.

Animal rescuer Julie Covert told Eyewitness News, "Nobody seemed to want to adopt her, and invest in her leg. I put out a call to the rescues around here, and Open Arms Rescue stepped up and said they would place her if we could raise the money for her surgery."

So, Open Arms launched a Facebook campaign, along with pictures of "Belle," in an effort to raise the money needed to amputate her injured leg.

Caroline Pandolfi of Open Arms Rescue of WNY tells us, "It took us probably about 48 hours to raise the money we needed to cover her surgery. The generosity was unbelievable, and the pictures we posted of "Belle" with people putting comments about her there helped.

Nearly $800 dollars was donated in less than two days on Facebook. It didn't take long to find someone who wanted to adopt her.

Darci Beck is the new owner of the dog. She told Eyewitness News, "I actually saw it on Facebook, and as soon as I saw her picture, I called the woman for Open Arms and I told her I wanted her. It was just something about her face and her story."

Finally, Belle's long journey to her new home was over, and the start of a new chapter begins, thanks to the care and generosity of Western New Yorkers - and the power of social medial.

Darci summed it up best, "It's very overwhelming knowing that she is going to have a good place to live, and she doesn't ever have to be in a cage again."

Even though Belle was pretty tired after her long journey home, her new owner says she appears to be free of pain and happier than ever.

There is more information about the Open Arms Rescue in Akron at the news links section of wkbw.com.