Stray Dog Seen on Google Maps Finds a Home

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A stray dog is off the streets after being spotted on Google Maps, according to Life With Dogs.

Jennifer Velasquez saw Sonya the dog on Google Maps, standing outside of an abandoned building. At first, Velasquez wasn't sure how to help Sonya, but after seeing a viral video about rescued dog Fiona, she called the Hope for Paws organization.

Eldad Hagar of Hope for Paws, the same man who rescued Fiona, went looking for Sonya. He found her right where Google Maps said she'd be - where she's been hanging around for 10 years, according to one business owner in the area.

Though she was timid at first, Sonya soon warmed right up to Hagar, and he took her in for grooming and medical treatment. She had some matted fur removed, and received care for broken teeth and multiple tumors.

Despite her age and some nagging problems, like bone spurs that may eventually cause complications, Sonya is now doing very well and currently is in foster care.


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June Bourgo

Great story, so glad it went "viral". But shame on that business owner who knew the dog was homeless for ten years for not taking her to a shelter or at least calling them.

September 17 2013 at 6:13 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Thank you so much Jennifer and Patrick for helping this beautiful dog, and to all those who played a part in her recovery process and care to find a better life. And to the foster mom, Joan who is caring for her. Animals deserve to have a safe and happy home and feel loved.....

September 14 2013 at 3:24 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Wow ! Wow, I got her brother. He is now 14 years old and had the same looks and smile as she has. Found him in a camp ground in the desert north of L.V in winter time. He was somewhat on his own, a moocher and living on hand outs. He like here alone and was King of his world. { she was a Queen}.
. And after lot of work Rusty he turned out to be companion and friend for the last 13 years.He has the same color and coat, and his back left foot is a little lame and limps the same may the same parents not to long ago?

September 14 2013 at 2:34 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I just wished it had not taken 10 years for someone to notice......,,

September 14 2013 at 10:49 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Lovely Leslie

Awww, I know you've got to feel a whole lot better now Ms. Sonya!!! God bless the folks who helped to make this happen...from start to finish!

September 14 2013 at 9:41 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

God Bless Everyone involved in the rescuing of this helpless animal. Keep up the good work and thank God for your compassion!

September 14 2013 at 8:26 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

so sad this poor dog lived so many years alone on the streets without love. People please don't throw away/abandon your pets...and SPAY AND NEUTER

September 14 2013 at 6:30 AM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply

I'm not reading anything else on the web today.This is just too good to mess it up with all the bad stuff we read.If i could afford to go get her I would love to bring her home to live with me and Spanky.

September 14 2013 at 4:45 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

Great dog,wonderful man.

September 14 2013 at 4:41 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

Thank you so much!!

September 14 2013 at 4:33 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
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