PALM HARBOR (FOX 13) - 5 neglected Lhasa Apso puppies rescued from deplorable conditions in February have finally found their new, permanent homes.
Crooked Thumb Brewery in Palm Harbor hosted a "Lunch with the Lhasas" while the pups' new owners filled out the final paperwork.
After more than a month and $6,100 in medical bills, Helen, Sissy, Lilly, Achilles and Sequoia got to go home.
Just a few weeks ago you couldn't even tell they were dogs.
When Rick Chaboudy picked up 5 neglected Lhasa Apsos in February, one of them was so matted, so covered in her own waste, only the occasional flick of a tongue was proof positive.
Chaboudy, who founded Suncoast Animal League, says groomers shaved a total of 23 pounds of matting off these little dogs. Sissy, who was in the worst shape, even had to learn to walk again.
After intensive veterinary treatment, including lots of pulled teeth and spaying, they're ready to be adopted. Chaboudy says it's about time for these little dogs who endured unimaginable neglect.
"What they deserve at this time is their own personal lap," he said. "Now they stand up on your legs. They want to be picked up. They want to be held, not just for a minute or two. They want to fall asleep in your arms. So that's what they need. That's what they deserve. That's what we're going to try to do for them."
The "Fab Five," as Suncoast volunteers call them, have special needs and always will. All five are seniors and are at least partially blind. They need new owners who understand that and are willing and able to give them the care they'll require for the rest of their lives