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Afternoon Update


November 9, 2013

Maleah Stringer: Tireless abandoned dog a reminder of need for vigilance


Once home, she tore around my back yard like a crazed nut. She does not seem to ever get tired. Every day I take her to work where she charms everyone in the office. She has learned to sit only because she likes the treats. She loves to sit behind one of our volunteers, Sydney, in her chair. She can clear the baby gate without even a toe nail touching it.

Ruby has lots of energy and loves to run with her ears flying in the wind. She is an endearing little dog who loves attention and to give love. Ruby likes to play with cats, though often they don't want to play with her. They don't beat her up — letting her think she is in charge. Ruby will make a lovely pet for someone.

This endearing creature was abandoned by her owner. This is something that people seem to be doing more and more of to their innocent pets. I worry how many other Rubys there are out there that we never find. People who abandon their pets in this way need to be punished. So if you have rental properties or are a realtor and know who these people are, please call the police and file a report. These animals deserve better than to be left like unwanted furniture.

Maleah Stringer is executive director of the Animal Protection League, 613 Dewey St. She can be reached at 356-0900 or at

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