Dozens of Bay area animal lovers attended Saturday's annual Angel Giving Tree at Hillsborough County Animal Services.
Most in attendance were there to meet a very special dog while donating to a very worthwhile cause at the same time.
Phoebe, a young female pit bull/hound mix, was rescued by a HCAS officer in October. The pup had been critically injured, buried up to her neck and left for dead by an unknown assailant.
Despite her hardships Phoebe greeted everyone on Saturday enthusiastically.
"It's interesting that people are coming to see her as if she were an international superstar," explained Marti Ryan, a spokesperson with HCAS. "It's almost spiritual [that] she's just giving all her love and energy to everybody. It is really a sweet day at animal services."
Phoebe continues to receive treatment for wounds as investigators continue to search for the person or persons who hurt her.
Kids, who attended ‘Phoebe Navidad,' had their picture taken with the pup. Many turned the photo into a Christmas ornament for their trees at home.
If you have any information on Phoebe's case, Friends of Hillsborough County Animal Services is building a reward for information leading to an arrest.
Tips may remain anonymous to Animal Services, and donations to the Phoebe Fund may be made through the non-profit organization at www.friendsofhcas.org.
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