Linda Gilliam wasn’t looking to start a dog rescue, but plans change when animals are involved.
A longtime pet lover, the Summerlin resident had cats when she came to Las Vegas. She wanted a senior dog to complete her little family. In spring 2005, Gilliam searched online and saw a picture of a pooch named Connor, a Papillon and Chihuahua mix.
She was smitten.
“It was like getting kicked in the chest,” she said. “I went, ‘I have to have you.’ ”She called Save Our Strays, the Los Angeles-area rescue group that had advertised him, filled out the forms online, put up the fee and drove there to retrieve him.When he was set in her arms, she realized Connor was in a bad way. He weighed only 3 pounds, had hair loss, a cough and fistulas. She was told he needed major surgery.“I thought I was bringing him home to die,” she […]