MURPHYSBORO (WSIL) -- Meet Payton, a 1 1/2 year old Pitbull Terrier Mix looking for her 'Furever Home.'
"She's been here too long. She's been here since February, so we need to get her a home. She's just, she's had a tough life," says Diane Daugherty, President of the Board at Saint Francis CARE.
Daugherty says Payton is one of the shelter's longest residents. "She came from Cairo with a gunshot wound. She doesn't like men, so obviously I think that whoever shot her was a male."
Daugherty says the wound left Payton with a limp, but she doesn't let that slow her down. "Not only did she live through a gunshot wound, she's lived through heartworms. That's a tough treatment so she's lived through that."
Payton is slow to warm up to new people, but Daugherty says once she does, she's a great dog.
"She's very, very sweet. She's not very trusting if she doesn't know you, but you can obviously see how she loves Markee because, well, Markee takes care of her."
If you're interested in meeting Payton, Daugherty recommends time and patience.
"A new person she's going to have to learn to trust. She's only 40 pounds. She's going to be a great dog to somebody, but she's going to have to learn to trust you. Within five minutes, she's taking the treat out of my hand. Markee said she warmed up to her in about a week. She deserves a loving home because who shoots a dog?" says Daugherty.
Payton's adoption fee is $175. She's up to date on shots, spayed and heartworm negative. Saint Francis CARE has an outdoor meet and greet area for visits and does home visits.
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