KLANG - Juliet the street puppy almost died of infection last September when someone in the Buntong wet market in Ipoh threw acid on her.
Now less than a year later, she is living the good life in the United States.
Juliet's tale of past sorrow and current happiness took root after an independent rescuer sent her to a veterinary clinic in Ipoh.
The rescuer then contacted canine welfare project Malaysian Dogs Deserve Better (MDDB) to seek advice on how best to handle the case.
"Our hearts sank when we saw the extent of the burns on Juliet and we offered to take her," said MDDB rescue coordinator Irene Low.
Juliet was immediately rushed to Petaling Jaya by her rescuer and was sent to an animal hospital in Gasing Indah, where she was given detailed treatment to curb infection and scar tissue formation.
After her discharge last Dec, MDDB decided to send her to the United States with the help of their rescue partner there, International Street Dog Foundation (ISDF).
Low said this was because MDDB knew it would be an uphill task to rehome Juliet in Malaysia where most people were still picky over their choice of pet.
Juliet was also very timid and needed a family that will allow her to live inside the house instead of being kept in the car porch like many dogs in Malaysia, said Low.
Juliet made the trip to Chicago in May and was adopted in June by a young couple Deidre Beausoleil, 29, and Kyle Bullifin, 33, who live in Batavia, Illinois.
Bullifin spotted Juliet at an ISDF adoption drive event held at the insurance company where he worked as an IT support staff and fell in love with her.
He spent three days on his breaks to visit with her, said Beausoleil who is an activity assistant and volunteer coordinator in a nursing home.
Beausoleil said her husband wanted Juliet more after hearing about her tragic story and abuse from ISDF founder Dawn Trimmel.
She added that she went to visit Juliet after Bullifin had told her about the Malaysian street dog.
"I went to visit with her and she came home with us on that day," she said.
Low said besides Juliet, MDDB had relocated nine other dogs to the United States and hopes to send more in months to come adding that MDDB had many dogs that had survived against all odds. and required human families to love them.
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