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July 28, 2013

Maleah Stringer: Looking under the shed to find Hope

Maleah Stringer

We got a call from the Anderson Police Department Dispatch on a Friday. The Animal Control Officers were on other runs so they asked if we could help out with a call for an injured dog.

The story told to dispatch was that the owner said her SMALL dogs got out of the fence. One got hit by a car, it’s eyeball had popped out and it was under their porch and the other SMALL dog was guarding it and would not let them near it. They were very worried about the dog that had been hit by a car.

I conned our volunteer coordinator Mica into going with me. She didn’t come up with an excuse quickly enough so off we went armed with a leash, treats and a blanket. The actual situation was a bit different than what was told to dispatch.

The dog who was guarding the injured dog weighed 50 pounds at least, the injured dog at least 40 pounds; they were not small dogs by any stretch of the imagination. When we got there both dogs were under the shed where, come to find out, they lived. We were told that they were strays who had been there since November. And the resident had been planning to bring the dogs to the shelter.

We managed to get the guard dog sequestered in another area. He wasn’t vicious, just protecting his friend. He watched us very closely as we went to the shed. I spread the blanket down and peered under the shed. All I saw was a bloody eyeball staring out at me. I launched into dog talk and pretty soon the poor dog’s tail was wagging. Good sign, but she was wedged quite a ways back and she did not show any indication of coming out of her own free will.

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