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Missing Dog Reunited With Family Through Missy's Angels

More and more people have been dumping abused dogs across the Permian Basin, but now one woman is making it her mission to ensure those dogs have a home and get the care they need. Alanna Quillen reports.
WEST ODESSA -- More and more people have been dumping abused dogs across the Permian Basin.

But now one woman is making it her mission to ensure those dogs have a home and get the care they need.
   
Three years ago, Melissa Harris started Missy's Angels, a foster home for abandoned and abused dogs in West Odessa.

"Because I found a dog on the side of the road when I was driving a big truck," she said. "And someone had driven nails in her eyes, she was completely blind."

Harris thinks people are stealing dogs in the area, and when they don't get the reward or get tired of them, they're dumping them at her place. She noticed this trend, so she started finding them homes.

"It has just escalated to where I have rescued and re-homed 267 dogs," she said.

She even gets them fixed and vaccinated so that  they're ready to go for adoption.

Just on Sunday night, someone threw another dog over her fence.

"They throw them over my fence all the time," she said. "I come home, and there's always dogs tied up or thrown over my fence. Everybody knows that I am the dog lady and that I rescue dogs."

Recently, she's noticed people asking her for every dog in her rescue, but as soon as she mentions adoption papers, they split.

"Since I work at a vet, we get a lot of dogs in with puncture wounds, their throats are ripped," Harris said. "You can tell that they've been in dog fights."

A few months ago, Edna Valles's  family chihuahua, Bacon,  was playing in the backyard with her son. Ten minutes later, the dog vanished.

"People are stealing the dogs for bait dogs," Harris said.

Harris saw our report on stolen dogs, featuring Bacon's story. She thinks she found him.

"This little dog was thrown over three days ago, and I'm really hoping he'll be this lady's dog," she said.

And he is.

"I'm emotional, I really am," Valles said. "We looked for Bacon a long time already."

Bacon was given to the family when Valles' father passed away, so he was irreplaceable.

"I'm so happy and thankful for this lady, that she is honest," Valles said. "You will find your pet., if you don't give up."

Like she did for Bacon, Harris gives shelter, water and food to all the dogs she's rescued.

"They don't ask for much, and they love you no matter what, so why can't you at least do the same for them?"

And she's continuing her plight in doing her part.

"Nothing should be trashed, nothing should ever go hungry or beaten or abused. They all deserve love."

Missy's Angels has a Facebook page where you can post pictures of missing or found animals.

Harris is also always looking for donations of supplies in her effort to rescue these pets. She's accepting donations of items like blankets, food, dog houses and bedding.

You can contact Harris about adopting or donating at missyharris11@yahoo.com.

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