NEW ORLEANS -- A dog found amidst tornado rubble in New Orleans East has finally found a home.
If 'Wonder' the mixed breed pup could talk, she would tell us how she ended up in the New Orleans East tornado rubble alone, with a severely injured and infected back leg that appears to have happened before the storm.
A Louisiana SPCA animal officer found her along Chef Menteur Highway in bad shape. She spent four hours in surgery, while a SPCA veterinarian worked to remove her destroyed leg and performed reconstruction on it.
"Wonder is an absolute wonder," Destinie Hammond, a Louisiana SPCA Communications Associate said Wednesday. "She's a great dog and she'll be great for any family so we want anyone to come down and meet her."
Now, her yearning for a home has come to an end.
"We walked by her condo a few times, fell in love with her face and didn't even notice that she was three-legged at first, until she came really close to the window. And I don't know, we just fell in love with her then," said the dog's new owner Caroline Dela Cruz.
She and her boyfriend Will Potts, went to the Louisiana SPCA today looking for love. It was 'Wonder,' now named 'Bear,' who answered the call.
"We looked at a couple, but when we passed by, we caught Bear, her glance, and she was looking right at us with the sweetest eyes we'd seen, so we knew we had to go check it out," said Will Potts, Bear's new owner.
The couple had no idea about her past struggles, but when they found out, it just solidified the deal.
"We knew we had to get her," said Dela Cruz.
Bear left the SPCA and came straight to Petco on a shopping spree with her new parents. She didn't even know yet that she has a feline sister waiting at home.
The Louisiana SPCA thinks Bear is anywhere from two to four years old.