UPDATE 4:21 p.m. (12/14/21): After spending the weekend performing in “The Nutcracker” with the Southwest Virginia Ballet, a dog who was abandoned in a park and brought to Angels of Assisi in critical condition just over two weeks ago finally has a new family.

According to Angels of Assisi, after ‘Luna’ the dog put on a lovely final performance in “The Nutcracker” on Sunday, Dec. 12, her new family came by to take her to her new home.

The recue organizations says Luna “was so excited, and she is already so loved. We are so happy this sweet girl has such a loving home to continue to heal.”

Luna is set to continue receiving medical care through Angels of Assisi.


ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — Less than two weeks after a dog was found abandoned with multiple health issues — including severe malnourishment, which left her in critical condition — that dog is going to be featured as a special guest in the Southwest Virginia Ballet’s performance of “The Nutcracker.”

According to Angels of Assisi, the dog — now named ‘Luna’ — was brought in by Roanoke Animal Control on Nov. 29 after she was found tied to a pole in a park.

“We don’t know how anyone could leave her, especially in this horrific condition, but we will do everything we can to help her heal,” the organization wrote on Facebook after Luna’s arrival. “She is extremely malnourished and has Lyme disease that has started to affect her kidney function. She is in critical condition and is touch and go.”

The Roanoke Police Department announced on Dec. 3 that tips led to the discovery of Luna’s previous owner, who has been charged and relinquished ownership of the dog.

However, police say the investigation into the circumstances surrounding Luna’s abandonment and physical condition is still ongoing as the pooch continues to receive treatment at Angels of Assisi.

In their most recent update about Luna, Angels of Assisi announced she is getting stronger by the day, being showered with gifts, and even seeing a few visitors.

“She is still on antibiotics to treat her Lyme disease and on a strict feeding regime to help her gain weight. Right now, the goal is to get her stronger and help her gain some weight. Once Luna is at a healthier weight, she will be able to go under anesthesia to have a mass removed from her side and be spayed,” Angels of Assisi wrote on Facebook on Monday, Dec. 6. “We are also VERY excited to announce that she will be going to her foster home later this week to continue to heal out of the hospital environment.”

The organization says Luna has also been doing wonderfully at the dress rehearsals for “The Nutcracker,” adding that she loves the extra attention.

You can see Luna join the ballerinas in the spotlight at the Southwest Virginia Ballet’s performance of “The Nutcracker” at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 11 and Sunday, Dec. 12 at the Berglund Center.

Follow these links for more information about the ballet or to purchase tickets.

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