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Abused puppy gets a family

March 30th, 2005, 04:34 PM
The little dog that was found with his ears and tail brutally cut off went home with his new family today.

Cubby hangs out with his new moms, Georgeanne Soberay and Marci Smith.
The little Border collie-Lab mix, now named Cubby, was discovered March 1 following some children to school near 83rd Avenue and Indian School Road.

Four weeks and a lot of TLC later, Cubby was ready for a new family.

"He has just blossomed into a very happy, healthy little dog," said Kim Noetzel of the Arizona Humane Society.

To help find the perfect home for Cubby, AHS launched an essay contest. Of the 25 essays submitted, the one that caught the eye of the judges was from a 7-year-old Border collie belonging to Marci Smith and Georgeanne Soberay.

In her essay, Sophie talked about her mommies, her brother Guinness (a 2 1/2-year-old cattle dog mix) and the wonderful home that was just waiting for Cubby.

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"Our Moms told Guinness and I that someone wasn’t very nice to you and that you needed a stable, loving home -- well buddy, this is the place for you," the essay said.

Sophie's essay really hit home with the judges at the AHS, and they decided Smith and Soberay would be perfect for the little dog that got such a rough start in life.

"Dogs are a big part of our lives," said Smith as she and Soberay picked up Cubby this morning.

"Georgeanne and Marci exhibited so much compassion for him and also proved themselves to be extremely responsible caretakers," said AHS President and Chief Executive Officer Cheryl Naumann in a news release.

"I see him getting a lifetime of unconditional love," Noetzel said.

There is still a reward leading to the arrest and conivction of Cubby's abuser. If you have any information, call (480) WITNESS (948-6377) or 1-800-343-TIPS (8477).

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