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As caretaker Gwenn of Pug Nation puts it, Bella the pug is part penguin, part seal and part pug, and all she needs is a whole lot of love.

She broke both elbows, and neither healed properly, because her former family didn’t care for her injuries.

Eventually, a volunteer at Pug Nation noticed the dog needed help, and veterinarians were finally able to convince the family to relinquish her to get the help she deserved.

Bella is now six years old. Since this story was shot in September, she has had a double amputation and is doing well.