Here’s the note from loyal reader Caroline:
I was hoping you could draw some attention to this subject:
I live in the Country Club of North Asheville neighborhood, I’ve been renting here for about 6 months. However, a longer resident of this neighborhood is a stray dog, of 7 years. “Barnaby”, “Black and Tan”, “Rascal”, “Wally”…he has a lot of names. Numerous houses feed him, I personally give him 2 warm meals a day, chew sticks, you name it. Lately I sit with him an hour or so outside ever afternoon, and he cautiously eats chicken out of my hand. I have been aiming to take him in myself, however he won’t let anyone touch him. He loves people, he loves other dogs, he is non-agressive, harmless, awesome dog.
Someone in the neighborhood doesn’t seem to think so. This morning when I woke up, I looked outside and saw Animal Control’s 2 vehicles parked outside. I ran outside as fast as I could and began to explain to them that this dog is very well loved and I am currently working on befriending him. They talked about putting traps out for him, and catching him. Neighbors were coming outside of their houses to see what was going on; people driving by were stopped in the middle of the road, screaming and crying at the AC officers. They didn’t manage to catch him, but they came back tonight warning me that anyone caught feeding him will be given at $200 fine as he is un-neutered, not up to date on shots, and no tag.
This dog’s biggest fear is being trapped. He comes in my porch to eat every day, but is very scared someone will be behind him. If he is caught by AC in a cage, there is no telling how he will react, and the shelter will deem him “un-adoptable” and most likely euthanize him. At that point, there is no guarantee that even Brother Wolf or Animal Compassion Network will be able to get him before he is put-down. As of this moment, he is still roaming somewhere, however they will be back to get him. He is such an amazing dog. Please take a look at the pictures I’ve attached of him in the last few months…it shows a lot about him. This Link is a video I posted on Facebook of him talking!!
I’ve spent my entire night talking to teary-eyed neighbors who, like me, are scared to death that this dog will be caught and slip through the cracks and be put down. He is a salvageable dog. This neighborhood has been taking care of him for 7 years and there are so many aside from myself who are willing to adopt him and teach him what it’s like to be loved.
Please draw attention to this if you can, there are many many people upset by this. My good friend is a reporter for WLOS and I am going to see if they can cover anything on this story. The shelter needs pressure from the community to help save this dog – and myself and my neighbors cannot rest until we get a promise that he will not be put down.
Thanks for the “ears”,