Kelly, a female hound discovered abandoned and in poor health at the Bonneville Salt Flats 40 miles west of Salt Lake City in January, has made the most significant progress in her recovery. The dog has been adopted, according to the Utah Animal Adoption Center’s Facebook page.
According to the Associated Press, when Sandy resident Matt Bentley discovered the dog while off-roading in the West Desert, the animal had lost all her hair due to a skin disease caused by mites and would have died within days if she hadn’t been discovered.
Bentley coaxed the dog into his Jeep before transporting her to a veterinarian, who then turned her over to the Utah Animal Adoption Center.
The center, a non-euthanasia animal shelter that oversaw the dog’s recovery, announced on Sunday that “our sweet girl Kelly went to her forever home.”
Kelly was likely a house pet that had become lost or abandoned and had been on her own for two or three months before she was found, according to Lila Oulson of the center, and that she had not eaten regularly for at least a month.
The dog also had sarcoptic mange, a condition that caused her hair to fall out and left a crust on large areas of her skin.
The center also shared a post from Kelly’s new parents, volunteers there known only as Trent and Jamie, in which they said, in part, “Kelly is doing amazing in our home! She adores her brother’s dog Rocky, and she adores both of us; she feels right at home. Our hearts are overflowing with joy right now, and we are honored and grateful to be her parents.”