Authorities are still searching for the person who buried a pit bull up to her nose in October, then shot her twice behind a vacant house in Clair-Mel City.
In the meantime, Phoebe, as the dog was named by her rescuer, has recovered and will act as a holiday ambassador at the Hillsborough County Animal Services Shelter on Saturday, when people stop by with gifts for shelter dogs.
The animals need canned pet food, washable bedding and more, spokeswoman Marti Ryan said. The wish list can be found at www.hillsboroughcounty.org/animalservices.
Santa photos with Phoebe will be taken from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the shelter, 440 N. Falkenburg Road.
Children can also make ornaments featuring Phoebe and other shelter animals.
Phoebe came to the shelter in October after an anonymous tip led investigators to the house in Clair-Mel City.
Shot once over her left eye and once near her right eye, Phoebe had soft tissue damage but no brain damage and was emaciated with worms. She has since gained weight and is healthy again.
Donations for shelter dogs can be dropped off any time.
Animal Services is open daily, except on county holidays, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. For information, call Animal Services at (813) 744-5660.