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Abandoned Las Vegas Dog Lucks Out, Finds Sin City Animal Lover

By Michael Mullins   |   Tuesday, 20 May 2014 09:30 AM

An abandoned Las Vegas dog named Graci has stolen the heart of a Sin City animal lover after a home surveillance camera captured her owner dumping the 6-month-old pup on the street.

In a video clip, the pup appears confused as she attempts to follow the owner's SUV after the driver discarded the mixed-breed in a residential area.


A bit of Vegas luck must have rubbed off on the dog, though, considering the pooch was abandoned near the home of committed animal-lover Toni Luisi.

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"Graci seemed like she was saying, 'Please, give me another chance!' I just can’t believe somebody could do that," Luisi told NBC News. The Las Vegas resident reportedly found the pup on May 4 after she let her own two dogs out for their morning walk at about 5:30 a.m.

"We brought her immediately to the vet to see if she was chipped (with an embedded identification marker)," Luisi continued. After finding out the collarless, 38 pound dog had no microchip, the animal rescuer decided to foster her and start the process of finding a loving home.

According to Luisi, she named her Graci as a short version of "for the grace of God," considering as bad as it was that she was abandoned, she was lucky enough to be discarded outside the home of an animal lover like her.

"We’re gonna keep her as long as we can," Luisi told KTLA 5. "I mean, it would be better, because she’s so young, to get into a stable environment now so that people can get used to her, train her the way they would like her to be trained. But I’ll keep her until… we find a good home."

Luisi has since established the email gracithepuppy@yahoo.com to find a home for the affectionate Lab-mix.

"With all of the people emailing, it’s not going to be easy to choose a new home for her. But one of the emails was from a woman who said her son is a cancer survivor and he would love Graci as his pet. It brought tears to my eyes. I’m going to call her," Luisi told NBC News. "That got my heart."

While abandoning a dog is a misdemeanor in Las Vegas, the home surveillance camera was unfortunately unable to pick up the SUV's license plate.

"After we find her a home, I hope we can find these people," Luisi added. "I want them to get retribution and to pay the fine."

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