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Rescue dog helps sick Pike County woman find happiness

PIKEVILLE, Ky. (WYMT) - You could call it a match made in heaven. A dog found stranded with nowhere to go gives a Pike County woman a new purpose for her life. Animal rescuers call it two rescues in one.

A few weeks ago doctors suggested, Sherry Delacruz, get some sort of pet.

Delacruz says, "I stay depressed all the time, really sick...I've got heart problems, my heart is really bad."

She told a friend and they got in contact with 'Diamonds in the Ruff' rescue group.

"She said I'm looking for a small dog...has to be under 10 pounds," says Tracy May.

Needing a specific dog due to having a pace maker and not able to lift much weight....May looked at both Pike and Floyd County shelters but could not find a match.

"So I went on Petfinder and found one that fit the criteria at Scott County Humane Society in Gate City, Virginia," explains May.

May contacted rescuers in Virginia and because of the situation, the humane society gave 'Peanut' to Delacruz for free.

Delacruz says not only did she rescue Peanut but she says the little dog also rescued her.

She explains, "I go to the doctor, to the grocery store, and back....I don't have anything to look forward to. With her, she's going to be right there waiting on me and give me love and attention and I give her love and attention back. It has just brought joy to my life."

Peanut who was left on a porch back in December, lost all of her hair due to mange...but now along with her new owner she is healthier and definitely happier.

"When I got her on friday...my life changed," says Delacruz.

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