Bella, a blue nose pit bull, who was beaten by one of her owners, was released to the Humane Society of El Paso (HSEP) after a month of fighting for custody.
Bella, a blue nose pit bull, who was beaten by one of her owners, was released to the Humane Society of El Paso (HSEP) after a month of fighting for custody. For her safety she has been transported to an out of state rescue for adoption and is no longer at the shelter.
She was released from the City of El Paso Animal Services Friday afternoon. While in their custody the staff worked very closely with Bella to make her feel at home while the judicial process and investigation into animal abuse continued.
KFOX14 news shared her story in early September after neighbors reached out to the news station for help. The neighbors shared a disturbing video of Bella being beaten by her owner in his backyard in Northeast El Paso. The couple reached out for help to save the pit-bull.
After the station aired this story and reached out to local authorities Bella was removed from the home by El Paso Animal Services Officers and her owner was later arrested.
The El Paso Humane Society reached out to the El Paso Animal Services to assist in aiding Bella and giving her the second chance she deserved. The 3 year-old pit bull was a victim and despite the experience she had been through had high spirits and a sweet and playful demeanor. However, the shelters had to dispute custody against one of her former owners who also lived in the home and wanted to reclaim her after the incident.
An investigation was launched and after several weeks the authorities at the shelter were given the ok to release Bella to the HSEP.
The HSEP would like to thank the couple who took action and advocated for Bella along with KFOX14 news for diligently reporting Bella’s story and the leaders at the City of El Paso Animal Services and local authorities who worked together with us to seek justice and help save Bella. We’d also like to thank the organization and rescue that is taking Bella. They will be named once Bella has been adopted.
26-year-old Andrew Glenn who was recorded beating Bella is facing charges of animal cruelty from the El Paso Police Department.
Glenn is a soldier and KFOX14 has continued to reach out to Fort Bliss. KFOX14 news reports that Fort Bliss could not provide prior disciplinary records against the soldier but said if Glenn is found guilty, he could face punishments ranging from counseling to demotion.
To report animal abuse or neglect please contact El Paso Animal Services at 842-1000. If it is a matter of life or death please call 911.