Two dogs looking for new home after owner dies

Friends of a woman who died in September are looking for a permanent home for her dogs.

Posted on Oct. 3, 2013 at 1:00 a.m. | Updated on Oct. 3, 2013 at 3:43 p.m.

ELKHART — Friends of a woman who died unexpectedly in September are looking for a loving home for her two dogs, Sophie and Maggie.

Friends have been paying for the dogs to stay at a boarding kennel, but now they’re looking for a permanent home for the pets. Chrissy Fortino, 48, had a heart attack and died last month, leaving her two dogs without a home.

“She was very loving and wonderful,” said Patty Peterson, Fortino’s long-time friend. “She would do anything for anyone, so that’s why we wanted to do this for her.”

Sophie is a 7-year-old tan golden retriever-labrador mix, and Maggie is a 5-year-old white husky-shepherd mix. Both dogs are spayed and up to date on their shots.

“They have great temperaments,” said Vince Kelly, another of Fortino’s friends. “They’re very loving dogs.”

Peterson described Fortino as an animal lover, adding that her friend requested that memorial donations be sent to the Humane Society of Elkhart County after she died.

Kelly said he didn’t want to burden an animal shelter with more pets and hopes to see Sophie and Maggie adopted together if possible.

To visit Sophie and Maggie, make an appointment with Concord K-9 Center at 57690 Old C.R. 17 east of the Dunlap area by calling 875-5469. For more details about the dogs, call Peterson at 596-4186 or Kelly at 320-5420.

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