Dog found bound, brutalized in Lansing gets home at sanctuary
Pit bull mix Tatiana found bound, frozen to ground in Lansing gets new home at animal sanctuary
A dog found frozen to the ground in Lansing last year with its legs bound in electrical tape and her muzzle taped shut is getting a new home.
Tatiana, a pit bull mix, spent time this week with the Capital Area Humane Society staff members and volunteers who helped her recover from her injuries, Lansing State Journal reported.
Her new home will be at McKenzie's Animal Sanctuary in Lake Odessa, about 30 miles west of Lansing.
Julia Palmer, the humane society's president and CEO, said the dog's physical wounds have healed but she has an intense fear of men and strangers.
"She's too fearful to go to a traditional home," Palmer said.
At the sanctuary, Tatiana will likely be kept in isolation and gradually conditioned to be around other dogs, said Jorel Davis, the center's assistant general manager.
Ray Emmanuel Potter, from Dimondale who was charged after the dog was found in January 2011 pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor animal abuse charge and was sentenced to jail.
For those who helped care for Tatiana, her move to the sanctuary is bittersweet. The dog often would stay in Palmer's office and attracted many supporters. Some of them stopped by the Capital Area Humane Society this week to say goodbye and sign an over-sized card for the animal.
"It's like giving away your own dog," Palmer said. "We all fell in love with her and we are all so compelled by her story and her strength."
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