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September 14, 2013

Maleah Stringer: Giving Leroy Junior Jenkins III a second chance

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We went to training classes at the Humane Society of Hamilton County with Julie Case. Leroy became a shining example of why we need to give people and animals second chances. He doesn't bite anymore, unless in play with one of his animal family. Leroy has become one of the most endearing little creatures I've ever known. He's been with me almost a year; I think he was supposed to be when we bonded in the bathroom.

Sometimes he looks at me and his eyes seem filled with so much love and gratitude that it brings tears to my eyes. Someone literally threw him away like trash; they had no idea what a gift he is. What a loss for them. But then, I doubt that they could appreciate the likes of Leroy Jr. Jenkins III. Shelters are filled with animals like Leroy who just need a little patience and love to get over the abuse humans have inflicted upon them.

We have lots of wonderful animals at the Animal Protection League. Come to the shelter and you might find your own version of Leroy who will win your heart.

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

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