AFFTON, Mo. (KMOV.com) - A happy ending to an otherwise tragic story was announced Thursday, as the dog of the woman found dead inside her Affton apartment was adopted. 

Police said they found Crystal Chrisp, 46, dead inside a burned out South County apartment Wednesday. Police ruled her death a suicide.

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Shell the dog

Shell the dog with her new owner. Shell's previously owner wrote a heartfelt letter for someone to adopt her after the owner lost her battle with cancer. 

"She was my friend and I'm going to miss her. My heart is really aching right now for her," said Sharon Hyster-Harris. 

Hyster-Harris said Chrisp had been a Metro bus driver for 18-years and that she’d beaten breast cancer several years ago but was facing another battle with cancer.

"She was dealing with it a few years back and it went into remission. A few months ago it came back. I think she just decided she couldn't deal with it anymore," said Hyster-Chrisp.

What struck many was Chrisp’s compassion for her dog, named “Shell.” Before her death, Chrisp wanted to make sure found a home with a new owner to take care of her.

Friends say Crystal never had children and always thought of her pets like her children.

 On Monday, Stray Rescue posted on their Facebook page that someone had dropped off their dog with a heartbreaking note:

Dear Stray Rescue, 

I am writing you cause I need you to take my dog, Shell...I've been fighting cancer for a few months and if you're reading this I lost my battle. I need for my baby girl to be taken care of in a home...In these days all I do is worry about what's going to happen to her. I love this girl, she is my daughter.

News 4 confirmed that the dog that was dropped off belonged to Chrisp.

Stray Rescue St. Louis posted on Instagram Thursday: 

We have a happy ending to Shell’s #tragic story. As most of you know, we received a #heartbreaking #letter on Monday. Shell came to Stray Rescue after her owner passed away. Then, a wonderful lady saw the news segment and knew it was time for her to adopt after losing her Stray Rescue dog Trenton, in July. She just felt so drawn to her. Wasting no time, she filled out an application and was here the very next #morning. The two of them hit it off and she knew it was definitely the right time. She says #Shell is already running the house, and that they are inseparable. We are honored to have fulfilled the final wish of her Mom, who is no longer with us. We promise she will be spoiled for the rest of her #life.

Metro Transit released a statement regarding Chrisp’s death:

Crystal’s friends and co-workers at Metro Transit and Bi-State Development are saddened to learn about her death and we extend our deepest condolences to her family at this difficult time. Counseling services are being offered to our employees as they grieve the loss of their friend and co-worker.    

The phone number for the National Suicide Prevention Line is 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

 
 
 
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We have a happy ending to Shell’s #tragic story. As most of you know, we received a #heartbreaking #letter on Monday. Shell came to Stray Rescue after her owner passed away. Then, a wonderful lady saw the news segment and knew it was time for her to adopt after losing her Stray Rescue dog Trenton, in July. She just felt so drawn to her. Wasting no time, she filled out an application and was here the very next #morning. The two of them hit it off and she knew it was definitely the right time. She says #Shell is already running the house, and that they are inseparable. We are honored to have fulfilled the final wish of her Mom, who is no longer with us. We promise she will be spoiled for the rest of her #life.

A post shared by Stray Rescue of St. Louis (@strayrescuestl) on Oct 4, 2018 at 2:22pm PD

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