Luna not only stopped lifting her head when her kennel opened, but she was literally a handful for anyone to touch - all growls and nips. It reached the point where people had to handle her with a towel.
Luna's rage at the world even prompted one shelter visitor to note, "She has about as much chance of getting adopted as she has of driving a car."
But there were moments when Luna let her guard down. Like when a shelter staff member took the tiny dog in her arms.
"She was finally able to pick her up and bring her into the office," Elaine Seamans of the At-Choo Foundation, a group that works closely with the Baldwin Park shelter, tells The Dodo. "And she rested her head on (the staff member's) arm and then she started crying, I swear, liquid came out of her eyes. I've only seen it once before and didn't believe it, but now I do."
Luna's first family gave up on her when the cataracts in her eyes were only beginning to steal her vision. Her second family dumped her five years later when her eyesight was completely gone.
But on Tuesday, someone decided that Luna had been through enough. A volunteer from Hand in Paw Rescue picked up the dog - and brought her directly to the home of the group's founder, Piper Wood.