The AHS was contacted by the City of Orange Health Officer involving several complaints regarding a dog living in a storage unit. The owner was located and advised that he is not allowed to keep the dog where he lives … but that the dog was not in any danger as he is taken out frequently. It was thought that the investigation was closed.
However, several complaints kept being lodged concerning the dog living in the unit. Surveillance video showed that the dog never left the storage unit. Through the efforts of the Health Officer and AHS Animal Control Officer, it was decided that the matter had to be brought to a conclusion. The owner was advised that the dog would be removed to safety at the AHS Newark facility. The lock to the unit was removed with a sledge hammer and waiting impatiently inside was a handsome pit mixture. There was no food or water in sight and a rusty chain hung around his neck.
His owner has never called or visited. We have no idea how long he was left in the storage container along with the man’s other possessions. It is our hope that you will make a donation to our Res-Q Fund to help with the efforts in helping to rescue many needy animals. He’s been given lots of attention and was evaluated. According to our evaluator, “when you pet him, he melts in your arms. He loves to be handled and is affectionate to people. He is very people focused and fairly well mannered. He likes to hold on to his toys, rawhide and his food. He is not severe in guarding and with proper training, could possibly be re-directed. We have no idea how long he languished in solitary confinement but he deserves to much more.
We have affectionately named him Hobo. For more information, call AHS in Newark at 973-824-7080 or e-mail us and refer to File 134041-M.