(KUTV) -- Utah Animal Adoption Center announced on a social media post that Kelly, the abandoned dog found at Bonneville Salt Flats, has been adopted.
Matt Bentley of Sandy found the medium-sized female dog when he was off-roading in the west desert, January 14. The canine was found near starvation with a massive mite infestation that caused a highly contagious case of mange.
However, Bentley loaded the dog into his jeep and took her to a veterinarian for treatment. The dog was then named Kelly, suspected to be a type of hound, and put in the care of the Utah Animal Adoption Center.
It is still unknown how Kelly ended up abandoned around the sand dunes 40 miles west of Salt Lake City or how long she was exposed to the elements.
However, Lila Oulson of the Center estimates Kelly was on her own for up to three months before recovery and a vetting process landed the dog a new home.
"Kelly is doing amazing in our home. She loves her brother dog Rocky, loves both of us, she’s right at home. Our hearts are so full right now and we are so honored and grateful to be her parents," stated the post from the adoptive family only identified as Kelly, Trent, Jamie, and Rocky.