An abused puppy who stole hearts across the Central Coast has a forever home.
The puppy named Koa underwent surgery in May after she was brought to PETS Hospital in Orcutt.
Veterinarians found a rubber band embedded around her muzzle. Her tail also needed to be repaired after what appeared to be a “home-done” tail cropping.
On Friday, Santa Barbara County Animal Services announced on Facebook that Koa was adopted by a local veterinary internist.
Dr. Nell Barash will be taking the puppy home.
“We all love you Koa and can’t wait to see updates of you living your best life,” the post said.
Animal Services chose the name Koa because it is a Hawaiian word meaning valiant warrior, one that is strong, brave, and fearless.
“She is a loving, smart, and playful puppy who has not let her injuries slow her down or keep her from being affectionate to everyone she meets,” Animal Services said in its post.
Animal Services previously said a woman dropped Koa off and said she found the dog somewhere in Lompoc.