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Rescued dog passes away after good year

Angel posed for her first post-mistreatment photo At Angie's Groom and Board in December 2012.

BY Sarah smith

The last year of Angel’s life was her best year.

Rescued in late 2012 from starvation and near-death in a putrid cage, the Maltese cross, who had cancer, became the face of animal mistreatment in Hubbard County.

She was restored to life with Rachelle Kern, an employee at Headwaters Animal Shelter in Park Rapids.

She spent a day at the spa after police seized her from her former home, getting primped and pampered at Angie’s Groom & Board, coming out with hot pink toenails.

The starving dog, who got her moniker from the shelter, got regular meals and water and greeted visitors from a tiny basket on the floor of the animal shelter, even helping raise funds.

She was a natural.

She became a fashionista when fans showered her with little sweaters, bows for her hair and girly dog outfits, including the pink wool coat with rhinestone buttons.

She even survived the Green Valley Fire with her adoptive family in May 2013, her sweet disposition intact, leaving trauma and abuse behind.

But she couldn’t win the battle against the cancerous polyps that lived inside her, despite surgery to remove them.

“I am very sad to let everyone know that our Angel received her wings yesterday afternoon (Dec. 30), wrote Kern on Headwaters’ Facebook page. “She will forever hold a very special place in my heart!

“We have all had the honor of being a part of her life and showed her what real love was and she definitely showed all of us what the true meaning of unconditional love is. I love you Angel!!! RIP.”

Sarah Smith

Sarah Smith is the outdoors editor. She covers courts, business and breaking news in addition to outdoors events.

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