Sad Ending for Bela the Dog

Bela, a German Shepherd who stole hearts all over the world last month, died Sunday at the Best Friends Animal Sanctuary in Utah. The dog from Indiana made international headlines when word got out that his owner, who died in November, had stipulated in her will that the dog, who had some aggression issues, be cremated and laid to rest with her when she died. There was also an option that said Bela could go to live at Best Friends, but his owner, Connie Ley, never contacted Best Friends about that plan.

The sanctuary learned of the dog’s plight through the media and reached out to the woman’s attorney and the executor of her will, saying they would give 9-year-old Bela a home. In a heartwarming turn of events, Best Friends announced they were headed to get Bela on Christmas Eve and bring him back to the no-kill shelter. But on Sunday, just a month into his stay there, Bela’s caretakers noticed his abdomen was distended and he was breathing fast. Veterinarians at Best Friends diagnosed him with an aggressive cancer, and the clinic decided it would be best for Bela to be put down. “Bela was a great dog who made many friends and was quickly becoming one of the most popular dogs at the sanctuary,” Best Friends said in a statement Tuesday. Bela was cremated and his ashes are being sent back to Indiana so he can be buried with his owner, as she wished. — Read it at USA Today

By Amy Sinatra Ayres

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Jayasri Amma
Jayasri Amma2 years ago

Thank you!

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Glennis Whitney
Glennis W2 years ago

Adorable dog, RIP Bela.

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Glennis Whitney
Glennis W2 years ago

So sad, RIP Bela

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Glennis Whitney
Glennis W2 years ago

Such and adorable dog RIP Bela with your beloved.

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Anja Necin
Anja Necin2 years ago

So sad. RIP Bela

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Fi T.
Past Member 2 years ago

Let's work for reducing the number of unlucky ones

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Friedrich Kling Hauss
Frank Kling2 years ago

Oh how the most innocent suffer...........

Mary Beth, you are kidding with your statement that the owner knew what was best. Also owner is the wrong word also- guardian which infers responsible and kind.

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Mary Beth M.
MaryBeth M2 years ago

Maybe Bela's owner knew what was best for him after all? Gratefully, he knew love and compassion until the end and has been joyfully reunited with his beloved owner once again. Godspeed, Bela!

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adi Ra
adi Ra2 years ago

R.I.P

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Kathlene Lentz
Kathlene Lentz2 years ago

It wasn't really a "sad" ending. Bela knew love right until the end. What more can any of us ask than that?

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