By Ashley Rader
When Gabrielle and Josh Tomlinson adopted their new dog — a pit bull mix named Keisha — from the Elizabethton/Carter County Animal Shelter, they did not know that just weeks after the adoption Keisha would be diagnosed with a life-threatening condition that would require an expensive course of treatment to save her life.
To help care for Keisha, a community fundraising campaign has been launched to help cover the cost of her heartworm treatment and veterinarian visits.
The Tomlinsons adopted Keisha, who was called Charlotte at the shelter, around three weeks ago. When they took her to the vet to be spayed, the vet ran tests that showed Keisha had early stage heartworms and determined Keisha was a good candidate for treatment.