Pup-Pourri's Briana (great name) was a champion show dog, used to long grooming sessions, cheering crowds and lots of praise from everyone around her.
But just seven years later she was found living in the streets of Oakland, tangled in chicken wire, her fur covered in dirt.
Animal control officers said:
"Our best guess is that she was enclosed in chicken wire so tightly she couldn't move, for months if not years.
But she seemed to have all this training. This air about her. It was strange."
The control officers scanned her for a chip and found her original handler and notified her.
The handler said:
"I am absolutely appalled at what happened to her. A dog that was so loved. … It's a miracle she's alive."
After her original owners sold a kennel Pup-Pourri's Briana was staying in, she disappeared.
So the handler is going to adopt her.
"She was such a magnificent show dog. But now she's up there in age, and she's been through so much. I just don't want to risk seeing anything bad happen to her again."
We're so glad she's back in good hands again.
[Image courtesy Sarah Rice/Special to The Chronicle.]
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