A puppy found starving in Nicholasville last month has a new home.
Jessamine County Animal Care & Control said in a Facebook post that "Skinny Girl," now named Sophia, left the shelter Thursday with her new family.
"Her new family contacted us immediately after she came into the shelter and expressed interest in adopting her and ever since then has been coming to the shelter every day to visit her and bring her different presents," the agency said. "The staff had grown very attached to her and it was hard saying our goodbyes, but we all know that Sophia is finally getting her chance (at) a happy life."
Sophia's former owner, Eugene "Geno" Floyd, was charged with second-degree animal cruelty in Jessamine District Court after he told Jessamine County Animal Care & Control that he put the dog out because "he did not have the time to care for it" and hoped someone else would, according to a news release.
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The puppy weighed 11.2 pounds when she was brought to the Jessamine County Animal Shelter on July 29 by someone who found her near the trash bins outside an apartment complex.
She gained 15.2 pounds in the 24 days she spent at the shelter.