Young dog featured in Greensboro photo with vultures warms up to new foster parents

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Keana Lynch gets a kiss from Lilo, a rescued pit bull puppy, during a visit to the Downtown Greensboro Animal Hospital. (All photos by Rob Brown/News & Record)

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GREENSBORO, N.C. — Lilo was timid the first few days she was with Keana Lynch and Travis Henley, according to the Greensboro News & Record.

“She just laid around and slept,” Lynch said. “She couldn’t jump at all, so we had to pick her up a lot.”

On Friday, Lilo couldn’t keep still, sniffing at her surroundings, pawing at her foster parents and standing up on her hind legs for treats.

The white-and-brown pit bull became a minor celebrity about two weeks ago, when a picture ran in the Greensboro News & Record of her tethered in a backyard and surrounded by vultures.

She is now living with Lynch and Henley in Stokesdale and on Friday was getting a checkup at the Downtown Greensboro Animal Hospital.

Lilo, who is believed to be about 8 months old, was picked up by Guilford County Animal Control on Dec. 30 after someone reported seeing the vultures around her. She was tied up outside of a home on Phillips Avenue.

An animal control officer left a notice on the home’s front door.

The owners told animal control that the vultures began gathering on Christmas Day. They also said they intended to reclaim the dog.

However, they never picked her up from the animal shelter.

On Jan. 9, Lynch and Henley began fostering her.

Henley named her Lilo after his daughter’s favorite movie, “Lilo & Stitch.”

“She wasn’t at death’s doorstep, but she wasn’t in good health,” said Laura Gonzo, a volunteer with the Merit Pit Bull Foundation.

Among other things, Lilo had some scabs and tears on her ears, sores on her tail as well as being malnourished.

When Lynch and Henley picked her up, she weighed about 22 pounds. At her checkup Friday, she weighed in at 26 1/2 pounds.

Lynch said she is still working on house training her.

“She definitely didn’t know what it was like to live inside,” Lynch said. “But she’s got a great personality. She loves to snuggle. She loves her antlers, loves to chew on them. She has no clue yet on what to do with the other toys, though.”

Dr. John Wehe, who examined Lilo Friday, said she looks “fantastic, given the circumstances.”

“We see (rescue dogs) in all different stages,” he said. “But once you get them some veterinary care, get them into a stable home, you’ll see some great turnarounds.”

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