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Black Lab 6-month-old ‘feral’ puppy unwanted at shelter

Since September 27, a six-month-old “feral” black Labrador retriever puppy has been in a kennel shelter cage at the Pinal Animal Control. Shelter employees describe the puppy as feral; what chances does he have for rescue without an explanation as to his disposition and lack of socialization?

Click here for his Pet Harbor listing.  ID#A184269. “I am a male, black and white Labrador Retriever mix. The shelter staff think I am about 6 months old. I have been at the shelter since Sep 27, 2016.” For more information about this dog, call Pinal County Animal Care and Control at (520) 509-3555.

A Facebook page for this puppy can be followed here. Please note, the following had been posted  Thursday afternoon:

Pinal County Animal Control Animals in NeedGina Mascetti he is absolutely feral. Feral and ‘too far gone’ have absolutely nothing to do with each other. ‘Too far gone’ means to most people serious about taking on this dog that he cannot be rehabbed. Feral dogs are pulled and rehabbed out of this shelter all the time.” 

Further information provided included the following:

“Come on guys, stop labeling him un-adoptable. He is feral and needs work. He is only 7 months old and feral life is all he’s known. We do have rescues that take highly feral adult dogs and successfully place them after rehab. He was labeled feral in the description. That is usually a dead give away that the dog needs rehab and is probably not adoptable CURRENTLY unless someone knows how to work with these dogs. However, they can be turned around, especially the younger dogs. I understand where you are coming from, but many people skimming this thread won’t. Please be careful with your terminology. It can cost this poor pup his life.”

And so we hope comments don’t condemn dogs to their death sentences; after all this is a six-month-old puppy. Please share his plight with approved rescue organizations, friends, family and social media.

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  1. Susan Brummett
    Susan Brummett says:

    Please read this article about this little guy. He needs to get rescued asap because he’s in danger of being destroyed. Because someone at the shelter has labeled him “feral,” he’s rescue only. This puppy has to be absolutely terrified. Plus, he is another potential victim of black dog syndrome. We cannnot let that happen. He needs an experienced foster home, pledges and a rescue group (that won’t wimp out) to help him find his furever home. But right now he just needs to get out and decompress from this trauma. Please share to help him
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    http://petrescuereport.com/2016/black-lab-6-month-old-feral-puppy-unwanted-shelter/

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    • Jo
      Jo says:

      Contact Ruff Ranch Sanctuary. They specialize in the “un-adoptable” and work with them to make them adoptable. They are veterans too so it’s win win win. ?

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  2. Jo
    Jo says:

    Contact Ruff Ranch Sanctuary. They specialize in the “un-adoptable” and work with them to make them adoptable. They are veterans too so it’s win win win. ?

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  3. JJ
    JJ says:

    Has someone questioned why this shelter labeled him as feral? Has he been evaluated by a behaviorist? I can’t get to the Facebook page. All too often, shelters takes whatever an owner who is surrendering says and types it onto the intake sheet, and that follows the dog as gospel truth. The problem is far too few know how to describe problems with the dog/cat, and many don’t tell the truth, so they don’t look like bad people who just don’t want the dog/cat. No animal should be deemed adoptable/unadoptable unless someone with the appropriate knowledge labels them as such.

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