When 6-year-old Cara Bideau was outside playing one afternoon, she had no clue that nearby, someone’s life was about to change forever.
Cara and her father heard a sound coming from a nearby grave. It wasn’t long before they realized that the sound was coming from a creature in pain and that it was up to them to do whatever they could to help…
A Strange Noise
Like she’d done so many times before, six-year-old Cara Bideau was playing outside of her family home, when all of sudden she heard a strange noise. It sounded like a faint whimpering and so decided to go and check it out. As she reached the source of the noise, she found something completely shocking.
In May 2014, the Bideau family were living in the Waterside neighborhood of Londonderry, Northern Ireland. It was there where six year old Cara was playing close to a stretch of wasteland and heard the strange sounds coming from a hole in the ground.
Poor Little Dog
Although she didn’t know it at the time, but the little girl was about to find a poor emaciated boxer dog at the bottom of the concrete pit. It looked as though the person who put it there had tried to hide the hole with bricks and planks of wood before leaving the poor little dog to die.
Not As She Thought
Naturally, Cara ran home to get her dad, Kenny. She told him that she thought the animal must have accidentally fallen down into the ditch. It was only when Kenny went to investigate the scene, did he realize that that wasn’t how the dog got into her predicament.
Left To Starve
“Cara came home and said a pup had fallen down a manhole, but when I went with her back to where the dog was I could see that wasn’t the case at all,” Kenny told the Belfast Telegraph. “This was an adult dog that was left to starve to death down this concrete hole.”
Sticking Out Ribs
Using a lot of strength, Kenny was able to pull the boxer up out of the pit and onto safe ground. Only then did it become clear the extent of the dog’s poor pain. “Her ribs were sticking out, and it was clear it had been quite a while since she had eaten,” Kenny said.
Poor Helpless Pooch
Even worse, Kenny could see the poor, helpless pooch was actually blind. “It is beyond my understanding how anyone could be this callous,” he said. “We are a family of animal lovers and have a dog ourselves, so we took her home with us and gave her a tin of food, which she gulped down in under 15 seconds.”
A Watchful Eye
The Bideaus decided to call the dog Bella and kept her in their home overnight so that she could recover. To help Bella feel more secure, Cara’s older brother, 15 year old Ethan slept on the couch next to Bella and kept an eye on her through the night.
Rainbow Rehoming Center
The next morning, the family were in touch with the Rainbow Rehoming Center in nearby Eglinton. Established in 1997, the charity was set up to help find homes for all the hundreds of abandoned and unwanted cats and dogs in northwest Ireland each year.
The Bideaus anyway, have a very special connection with the shelter as the center was actually founded by Kenny’s aunt, Helen Davies. “This dog was left to die down that hole and it would have died if little Cara hadn’t gone and told her daddy,” Davies said. “The dog is just in a really bad way and her teeth are all broken or worn away.”
Chewing Through Metal
Davies added that sadly the damage that had been caused to Bella’s teeth was a sign that she had been trying to chew through a metal chain. She also said, “We do not know who put her in the hole but we do have evidence that she was neglected over a long period of time and that she was used exhaustively for breeding.”
High Risk From Infection
After a thorough examination, a vet also found that Bella had a very high risk of coming down with pyometra from the excessive overbreeding that she had endured. The life threatening condition occurs in females dogs if their uterus gets infected.
Catching The Abusers
Due to the severity of Bella’s condition, Davies said it was important to try and catch the people responsible for this poor dog’s situation. Davies was especially angry that Bella’s abusers most likely profited from treating the dog the way they did by making her breed so much.
Used For Breeding
“It seems whoever did that has made an awful lot of money out of her as boxer pups could be sold for as much as $400,” Davies explained. “It also bothers me that these people don’t pay any tax on that. There are millions of pounds being made in this country every year from such breeders, and they are usually selling pups that are not at all well.”
On a more positive note, however, Bella’s heartbreaking story captured the hearts of animal lovers around the world. The post about Bella the boxer on Rainbow Rehoming Centre’s Facebook page, received a staggering 750,000 views.
Before long, Bella was placed into a foster home where she was able to begin her rehabilitation. There, she received so much love and attention that she’d always been denied and she even enjoyed a happy reunion with her heroes Cara and her family.
Soon after her placement, Bella got the best news ever: Rainbow Rehoming Centre had amazingly found her a permanent home. And not only had they found Bella find her forever family, but as an added bonus, she also got fellow boxer Sunny as a new brother.
“She has settled in brilliantly,” her new family told the rescue center. “Bella is now starting to relax and enjoy life, her home comforts, bossing her brother about and enjoying her fish or chicken dinners daily,” they added.
Celebrating From Her Fans
Her adoption was enjoyed by many of Bella’s loving online fans too. “What a wonderful end to a very sad story and doesn’t it restore your faith in human nature,” wrote one. “Lovely happy ending. May she have many years to enjoy her new family,” added another.
Sleep Well Little Lady
With thanks to Cara, her family, and the Rainbow Rehoming Centre, Bella got to enjoy some happy time late in life with her loving new family before sadly passing away at the beginning of 2015. “Sleep well little lady RIP Bella,” wrote the rescue center in a touching online tribute to the brave pit bull.
[Featured image credit: The Rainbow Rehoming Centre @ Facebook]