Closed rescue tries to place Isa & Duron

By Erica Quednau |

Published 05/14 2014 04:25PM

Updated 05/14 2014 05:34PM

URBANA -- About six months ago, these dogs were near death. Now, they're as healthy as can be and looking for forever homes. You may remember Isa and Duron. They were rescued this past winter from a rock quarry. They were in bad shape. WCIA-3's Erica Quednau finds out how they overcame their previous condition.

Both pets have been living with their rescuers the past few months and are as healthy and loving as can be. Duron spent the entire interview cuddling on the couch. But now, they're hoping for a family to cuddle with forever.

If these dogs could talk, they would have one heck of a story to tell.

"Duron was dripping blood and she was covered in scrapes."

Lindsay Eckhardt and her husband were called to save them after the pit-bulls were found wandering in the middle of winter.

"They were just a mess. She had a broken leg, she had her bullet wound; Isa had infections."

After months of surgeries, vet visits and, of course, some love and affection. Isa and Duron are back to normal.

"They are just such wonderful girls."

And in need of a family.

"They are our gifts, just for now, to enjoy."

Not because Lindsay and her husband are ready to say goodbye, but because their dog rescue is no longer open.

"These two were the only ones who didn't have a place to go so they're just staying with us until we can find somebody."

After being around for two years and saving more than 200 dogs, Seven Petals ran out of money.

"It came down to the survival of the rescue or the survival of us."

But, even if their building is gone, and they may not be taking dogs in, they're rescue efforts won't officially be over until this final rescue mission is complete.

"We want to make sure they go to a place that will be loving and that they will be cared for. We'll miss them, but that is a very small price to pay for their forever happiness."

After everything Isa and Duron have been through, Eckhardt wants them to be adopted together. She's not sure about the future of the rescue. She says right now, they're taking a break. Hopefully it will get them back to a place where they can start rescuing dogs like Isa and Duron again in the future.

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