MISSION VIEJO – A young dog that was stabbed multiple times with a martial arts-style sword in January and offered for sale online in August is now with the animal charity that saved her life.
Azure, a charcoal-gray pit bull that once belonged to Erin Lup, is receiving basic training at The Pet Rescue Center and awaiting adoption to a new home. She will be ready for adoption in about two weeks and will likely go to a family that has space and time for a rambunctious, large dog.
"We want to make sure she doesn't pull on her leash and is completely manageable and shows no aggression toward any person or dog," said Blythe Wheaton, director of the charity that this year alone has saved almost 150 animals from euthanasia at local shelters. "We want to make sure when's she adopted out, she'll be in the home for the rest of her life."
The family who adopts her will also get several more sessions of complimentary training to make sure Azure is comfortable in her new home. They will also get a pink doghouse that Lup built for her. Those interested in adopting the loving and cuddly dog will go through an interview process to make sure the fit is good. They will also need to prove they have long-term ability to care for the dog.
The rescue center through donations spent more than $5,000 to save then 8-month-old puppy after the brutal stabbing by Lup's then-boyfriend Justin Carrafield. It has been working to get the dog since seeing it advertised online in July.
At that time Lup wanted to retain visitation rights with the dog.
"We wanted the process to be as slow and painless as possible," said Wheaton, adding that Lup loves the dog. "Erin is going back to school and will live on campus. She can't have a big dog like Azure with her. We explained to her that when you look for a new home it's often hard and you have to find the right people."
Lup agreed to relinquish Azure and have no more contact with her.
The Pet Rescue Center first made contact with Lup in late Janaury after she and Carrafield were involved in a domestic dispute.
According to Lup, Carrafield came off a Xanax binge, downed a bottle of alcohol and started fighting with her. He choked her and then directed his anger at Azure, stabbing the 8-month-old puppy seven times. Carrafield is in Men's Central Jail serving a one-year sentence after pleading guilty to felony charges of animal cruelty and cultivating marijuana.
The dog was taken to Alicia Pet Care Center where she underwent eight hours of surgery.
"She's extremely lucky," said veterinary Dr. Matthew Wheaton following the surgery. "With the multiple stab wounds to her head, abdomen and body, it's amazing she doesn't have internal injuries."
If you're interested in adopting Azure, fill out an adoption form at thepetrescuecenter.org or call 1-877-277-7938.
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