Parker, $1,000 dog abandoned with broken leg, gets new family
A San Diego man bought the beagle/Boston terrier mix for $1,000 from a Los Angeles pet store but abandoned it when it suffered a broken leg within a few weeks. He left the dog with a friend who took it to a county animal shelter, where it underwent surgery paid for by donations to the agency's "Spirit Fund.''
After the puppy's tale was made public, dozens of people offered to adopt her. A Santee couple was selected, officials said.
Officials said Parker's case represents two disturbing trends:
-- Recession-beset owners abandoning animals because they cannot afford veterinarian bills.
-- People paying high prices for purebred and mixed-breed dogs from "puppy mills" when county shelters have plenty of similar dogs ready for adoption.
-- Tony Perry in San Diego
Photo: Parker and her broken leg. Credit: San Diego County Department of Animal Services