Angel, the puppy formerly known as Annabelle, now has a new forever home.

She went home with her new family Thursday evening.

After doctors at Austin Animal Center spayed her and gave her some vaccinations, Angel's new mom and dad were able to take her out of the shelter.

Ashlyn Seals says all of this attention came as a bit of a shock for her and her boyfriend Sean Buggs.

"We were just looking around, and a lady came up to me and said 'Do you want to see the new dogs we have?' and I was like 'Yes', and she took us to her and I was like 'I want this dog' and then we picked her up and we were like 'We're gonna get her!" and then they told us the whole story. We didn't even know!"

The couple adopted Angel Wednesday afternoon, a few hours after her original owner surrendered custody of her to the Austin Animal Center.

This despite a judge's ruling that the puppy could be returned to her owner with certain stipulations.

The shepherd/husky mix, was rescued from a hot car in Manor by police after they received a call about a puppy inside a vehicle that wasn’t running. Police said that when they arrived they saw Annabelle panting, crying and appearing to seek shelter from the sun under the rear passenger seat.


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Police said that once they rescued her from the car by using the partial opening of the sunroof to unlock the vehicle, she appeared to “be in poor condition” because she had numerous fleas and several lesions.

Reports state that when the puppy’s owner, 20-year-old Chandler Allen Bullen, came back to the car, he admitted to spending 30 minutes inside shopping, leaving Annabelle in the car. Bullen was taken to the Travis County jail with a bond set at $4,000. His animal cruelty charges, a class A misdemeanor, will remain.