A pit bull princess finds her fairy-tale ending


Nanci Levake with her rescued pit bulls Bella, at left, and Ella.

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Published: Friday, March 29, 2013 at 4:10 p.m.
Last Modified: Friday, March 29, 2013 at 4:10 p.m.

Life did not have a promising

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Plenty of Pit Bulls collaborates with ACAS and other animal welfare groups to rescue, rehabilitate, and advocate for dogs in need. For more information, find them on Facebook or at www.plentyofpitbulls.org.

start for the dog now known as Ella.

She was first spotted in late June running through a neighborhood near the University of Florida, deep puncture wounds in her neck.

She was dropped off at the Alachua County Animal Services (ACAS) shelter, but it was overly full and she was scheduled for euthanasia.

That’s when the shelter staff sent out an urgent SOS:

“Sweet, sweet pit mix on Friday’s euth list. Gives kisses! Interested? Let us know before 8:30 a.m. Friday.”

The Plenty of Pit Bulls rescue group saw the urgent plea and stepped in, beating the Friday deadline and changing Ella’s luck.

They named her “Cinderella” in hopes her happily-ever-after would come.

While recovering from her wounds, Ella lived in several foster homes, where she learned about being a family pet and her foster owners got to know her personality and temperament.

Once she was healthy, Plenty of Pit Bulls began looking for the perfect adopter. The group even created a Facebook page for her: www.facebook.com/EllaThePitBullPrincess, which is still updated regularly.

One day the group received a message from Nanci Levake. Levake was considering adding another dog to her family, but wanted to make sure it would not cause stress for her rescued pit bull, Bella, who had recently been diagnosed with an aggressive form of bone cancer.

“I looked at a million pit bulls. I liked Ella because she was cute and sounded very loving,” remembers Levake. “When I went to meet her in person, I was touched by how she plopped down in my lap like she’d known me forever.”

After Levake met Ella, Bella met Ella, and after a slow and careful introduction, the two dogs became fast friends. “There has never been ONE moment of tension since Ella came home,” says Levake. “Now they are inseparable.”

Soon after Ella joined the family, Bella’s leg was amputated to fight the bone cancer. “Before Bella had the leg amputation she was fragile,” says Levake. “Ella was very careful playing with her. She would lay next to Bella and wrestle gently. Now that Bella has had her leg amputated and has recovered, all bets are off! They run and play like pups. Ella pounces on Bella; Bella falls on Ella. They will sit and chew on each other’s heads for hours. Outside, they will run together and play with the same Frisbee. “

Today, Plenty of Pit Bulls reports Bella is going strong and Ella has a wonderful family for life. Not every dog from the shelter gets a fairy-tale ending, but Ella surely did.

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