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Dog who was shot in an orchard in Visalia has exciting updates

Avyanna and her puppies were left for dead back in June, but they persevered
Posted at 11:38 PM, Sep 21, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-22 02:38:22-04

A pregnant pup was shot in an orchard earlier this year and left behind. Rescuers were able to save her and her puppies. Now, two months after being found and placed into foster care, 23ABC has an update on how the dog is doing and what's next for her.

"It doesn’t get much more difficult from there. Being shot in the back while giving birth to your kids, and not knowing where to go from there.

It's a story of survival. A dog that had just given birth, left for dead, but some how persevering.
Avyannah, is a 4-year-old pit bull mix who was shot in an orchard near Visalia.

23ABC first introduced you to her back July. At the time, she was placed at Minnie Marvels Sober Living in Bakersfield. This allowed Avyannah time to take care of her babies, before being transported to Marley’s Mutts in Tehachapi. "She had a commitment to her puppies until they were no longer breast feeding and were able to eat on her own. So once she fulfilled that commitment on her own, it was really nice to offer her own space up at the ranch," Skow says.
And once at the ranch, Avyannah was able to get herself a shiny new set of wheels.

"Once we did that she was off to the races. She was settled in." Skow says although she was excited for her wheelchair, she also enjoyed roaming around without the wheels. "It seems like she adjusted herself so much that she didn’t really mind one way or the other. She just wanted to be wherever people were around, but I could tell she does appreciate the mobility."

And along with her new wheels, Avyannah was in for another surprise. A new family. "This is a family that has experience with special needs dogs so they were looking to fill that kind of need in their home. They were looking to provide that kind of a service. So really you cant ask for anything more from a rescue standpoint."

And Skow is thankful Avyannah’s new family gave her the chance she was always looking for. "There are no such things as throw aways. And every single life has this radical potential to achieve and fulfill. And sometimes they just need opportunity."

23ABC'S Kylie Walker did try and get in contact with Minnie’s Sober Living in hopes of reaching Avyannah’s new family, but we did not hear back.
Skow encourages any families in need of a wheelchair for their animals to contact