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Cinderella is going home for Christmas
BEAUMONT - by Lauren Huet
A puppy who captured the hearts of many Southeast Texans has found a home in time for Christmas. Shelter workers found the puppy outside the Humane Society of Southeast Texas with severe burns on her back in October. Investigators believe someone deliberately set fire to the puppy.
Shelter workers named her Cinderella. Her burns have healed, and she's being adopted by Ray Herrera. When Herrera found out about the puppy's plight, he was touched.
"I don't have children, so these are my kids," said Herrera, motioning to his dogs. "And basically when you see a kid that's hurting, you help them out."
"When he saw it on the news he looked at me with that face," said Herrera's girlfriend, Robyn, who prefers it if we do not use her last name. "And I knew that he'd been wanting a pit bull, so I said, 'we'll go look at her tomorrow.' So, we came directly the next day and put our name in the pot for her."
Herrera plans to call the puppy "Ella." The manager of the shelter, Carrie May, said she knew Herrera was right for Ella.
"He means a lot to the shelter," said May. "He's done a lot. When our lawn mower equipment come up stolen, he was out here mowing. They adopted the other dog," said May, pointing to another dog Herrera previously adopted from the shelter, "and I just knew it was the right home for Cinderella."
Ella will join the family's three other dogs, who Robyn says, "run the house."
"They all sleep in the bed somewhere," said Herrera. "So I might need a bigger bed, but [Ella] will be in there."
Robyn has already started making Christmas doggie treats.
"They all have stockings and I already started buying Christmas toys, and ropes, and balls, and so they're all ready for Christmas," said Robyn.
Although most dogs do not get as much media attention as Cinderella, the shelter manager says they need homes just as badly.
"Oh yes, I mean each animal that comes into the shelter has their own story in their own way, shape, or form," said May. "Maybe not like hers, but every animal here is homeless, just like she was."
Herrera, Robyn, and Robyn's daughter hope to take Ella home Friday or Saturday, after she's been spayed.
The Humane Society of Southeast Texas does not profit from dog and cat adoptions. Carrie May says adoption fees do not cover the money they invest in each pet, so they rely on donations. If you would like to adopt a pet, visit the Southeast Texas Humane Society website for more information.