Puppy found in trash can with ears cut off finds a new role

Posted at 6:50 PM, Jan 08, 2018
and last updated 2018-01-11 18:53:39-05

A puppy who was found in a trash can with her ears cut off in Corsicana has found a new role. 

The Corsicana Veterinary Clinic posted an update on the puppy Collins, named for the street she was found on. 

Collins was found on Nov. 27. The puppy was found with her ears cut off and badly infected. She was also infested with fleas and extremely hungry.

"She was with us for about a month and a half to two months and she's a totally different dog," said McKenzie Olsen, practice manager at CVC. "She probably doubled her weight and she just came right out of her shell like a normal puppy that had had a happy life from the get go."

Olsen said more than 50 applications to adopt Collins were coming in from all around the country. But she's happy to report that Collins, who vets believe is a pit bull, is staying local. 

Collins was adopted by Heritage Oaks Retirement Village in Corsicana where she will serve as a full-time "therapist." 

"After a long discussion, we decided that I was going to do a trial run with Collins to be a therapist dog here at Heritage Oaks," said Sue Bowling, executive director at Heritage Oaks. "We did that Thursday and Friday. It worked out perfect, so Monday we officially adopted her."

Now Collins spends her days visiting with more than 100 friends at the retirement community, who shower her with love and attention.

"It's great to have her here, it is. Great to have her a part of my life. She's special to me, very, very special," said Donnie Barber, resident at Heritage Oaks.

"People give up everything when they have to move into places like this," said Bowling. "She can be their animal and she can be their little spark of love." 

Collins is just three months old and will be roaming the halls for many more years to come. A welcomed change by the residents who live there.

"We enjoy each other, we do," said Barber. I just fell in love with this little dog already."

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