When the news reached Chris and Desiree Sullivan, the son and daughter-in-law, they gathered with friends in the city park in Chatsworth to welcome Bella home.
“It feels good to have her back,” says Desiree Sullivan. “We're very happy she's back.”
Chris and Desiree said Bella would go on every trip that she could with their father.
Bella was traveling with Richard Sullivan earlier this month when both of them were caught in a trucking accident off of Interstate exit 81 in Shippensburg, Pennsylvania.
The accident involved three tractor trailers crashing into each other, killing Richard and throwing Bella from the rig.
“When we heard about the accident, it was a total shock,” Desiree said. “You never think it's gonna happen to you.”
Bella survived the accident but suffered from many injuries.
Julie Wynn, a long-time friend of the Sullivan family, said Bella had road rash on her paws due to being thrown from the truck along with a pelvic fracture and also needed her leg amputated.
When the Sullivan's called her asking for help, Wynn contacted Karen Talbot's organization, Making of Miracle Stories (M.O.M.S.) Animal Rescue in New Jersey, to make sure Bella was taken care of.
Both the M.O.M.S. Animal Rescue and the organization Wynn works with, Only God Knows Animal Rescue Inc., have been working together to get Bella back home.
“On the way down from Pennsylvania,” Wynn said, “she would get excited at the truck stops because she used to go to those stops she made with Richard Sullivan.”
Wynn said that several large bags of dog food and frozen treats were also donated for both Bella and to the organization she works with.
“We were given a lot of donations,” Wynn said. “Almost $5,ooo was raised to help pay for her current vet bills plus her future vet bills. People have been donating and calling us, wanting updates on her.”
Wynn believes Bella will recover from the injuries she received from the accident and that she'll do just fine with the missing leg.
Bella will now be living with Chris and Desiree Sullivan in Murray County, where she will be taken very good care of.
“She'll get everything she needs,” Chris Sullivan says. “There won't be a day where we won’t bring her something home from the store.”