Sick puppy found in alleged drug dealer's pocket thriving in new home

The American pit bull terrier, dubbed "Pocket" by the volunteers who rescued her, is now four months old. She is called "Zoey" by her new family, who say the puppy has grown to about 40 pounds.

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When rescued in October, Zoey was rushed to the BluePearl Veterinary Partners hospital for vomiting and diarrhea. The puppy, just three weeks old at the time, had been seized from the pocket of an alleged drug dealer while he was being arrested.

As the story of Zoey's rescue made national news, hundreds of families applied to adopt her, according to the PittieLove Rescue organization.

Melissa Burnham and her family, who live right outside of Boston, adopted Zoey the day after Thanksgiving.

“Our family just fell in love with her so quickly. And she wouldn’t stop following us around,” Burnham said of the newly adopted puppy.

“It’s always rewarding when we hear that our patients are doing well,” said Dr. Kristina DePaula, one of the veterinarians who treated Zoey.  “Zoey is a special little dog and we’re happy she’s enjoying life with her family.”

To see more photos of  Zoey, visit MyFoxBoston.

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