Abandoned dogs get new homes

Abandoned Chihuahuas

Credit: Greg Johnson / WFAA

Three abandoned Chihuahuas — all with malformed front legs — are quickly finding new homes after their story was featured on WFAA.




Posted on March 14, 2012 at 6:58 PM

Updated Wednesday, Mar 14 at 10:07 PM

DALLAS — Michelle McGowan is excited (and a little bit anxious) about meeting the newest member of her family.

She was watching Channel 8 Tuesday night when she saw the lovable faces of three abandoned Chihuahuas. She just couldn't understand how someone could dump the defenseless pets that all have deformed front legs due to a birth defect.

"I feel that every soul needs the opportunity to feel loved and be loved," McGowan said.

The fate of the three pups took a lucky turn when they fell into Rose Peña's hands. Rose and her daughter Maria Mengel called News 8, and they also turned to social media, posting photos and information about the dogs on Facebook.

They were overwhelmed with thousands of responses from at least six countries. More than 70,000 people viewed Tuesday's story on WFAA.com.

"As soon as they heard, they went on the Web site and we were just having calls one after another, after another," Peña said.

But McGowan was the first one to call. She has taken in a rescue dog before and knew that a special needs dog requires a special home.

"I know it's going to take some... just take some time," she said.

The third pup also has a forever home. Peña's daughter Maria Mengel plans to keep the one she named "Yoda."

Mengel is posting updates about the dogs and fielding all the inquiries about donations on the Yoda Mengel's Journey Facebook page.

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