Di­a­mond in the ruff

Orlando Sentinel - - LOCAL & STATE - By Kath­leen Chris­tiansen kchris­[email protected] or­lan­dosen­tinel.com

Pit­bull mix Di­a­mond was heart­worm pos­i­tive the first time an­i­mal con­trol picked her up. She was re­turned to her own­ers, who were told she must be treated for the par­a­sitic worm. Two and a half years later, Di­a­mond and an­i­mal con­trol met again. She was still heart­worm pos­i­tive.

“The own­ers were told they couldn’t have her back be­cause it was a case of ne­glect,” said Jen­nifer Bark, the founder of non­profit dog res­cue Barkie’s Legacy. “Then she was just at [Or­ange County An­i­mal Ser­vices] and no one was adopt­ing her. There wasn’t any in­ter­est, so we stepped in and res­cued her.”

Now, she’s heart­worm-free, thanks to a grant from OCAS. She’s also up-to-date on vac­ci­na­tions, spayed and mi­crochipped.

And at about 6 years old, she’s still a ball of en­ergy.

“She’s just a happy-go-lucky girl, and we’re just try­ing to find her a good, lov­ing home,” Bark said.

Di­a­mond loves peo­ple of all ages, ac­cord­ing to Bark, who noted that the pit mix has pre­vi­ously lived in a house­hold with a fe­male dog.

“We’re just in­ter­ested in find­ing a good match and a for­ever home,” Bark said.

Those look­ing to adopt Di­a­mond must sched­ule a meet-and­greet with the res­cue via barkiesle­gacy.org or face­book.com/barkiesle­gacy. Af­ter the meet­ing, po­ten­tial adopters can fill out an ap­pli­ca­tion. If ev­ery­thing checks out, Di­a­mond could be on her way to her new home. Her adop­tion fee is $100.

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