Pit bull dragged by auto gets a new home

Chance is adopted by Redmond animal center's dog trainer

REDMOND — Chance, a pit bull that was severely injured last summer and has been recovering at Redmond's BrightSide Animal Center the past six months, officially has a new "forever home" — and he won't have to move to settle in, either.

Judy Anderson of Bend was selected from the applicants to adopt Chance, BrightSide Executive Director Chris Bauersfeld announced Friday.

Anderson, BrightSide's dog trainer, has been fostering Chance in her home for the past two months.

Although some other applicants also offered good homes for Chance, Bauersfeld said she felt Chance would do best in an environment where he already feels safe, secure and loved.

"Judy and her family will give Chance a great home," Bauersfeld said. "And Judy will also give him a job."

Chance is a balanced, happy dog, Bauersfeld said, and Anderson will use him to help train other dogs, especially strong breeds such as pit bulls, how to be balanced as well.

"I'm extremely grateful for the opportunity to adopt Chance, who holds a special place in my heart and I know in the hearts of many others," Anderson said. "I will always remember the day he arrived at the shelter with his horrific injuries. Seeing him now, so happy and healthy, is incredible."

Authorities determined the severe dragging injuries Chance suffered last summer were the result of an accident, and no criminal charges were filed.

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