He’s handsome and his looks could “wow.” Tragically, the misunderstood German shepherd named Jake may not make it out of the Los Angeles County Department of Animal Care and Control Downey. Animal Control officers labeled Jake as aggressive; Jake was uncooperative when he was picked up from his owner’s home – officers had to use a catch pole.
According to shelter notes on Jake, the staff had been unable to give him vaccinations or an exam, however on November 5, updated notes indicate he was approachable, showed no aggressive behavior and “sniffed as any dog would do.” As to Jake’s background, he has been a backyard dog – most likely missing the proper socialization skills.
Notes from Jake’s previous owner conflict with the shelter’s initial assessment stating Jake was great with people and children. He had only been out on a leash one time. They turned him in due to a neighbor that had a problem with him.
In order to help Jake, he will need to be rescued by an approved organization, and in the plight of this misunderstood German shepherd, a volunteer at the shepherd has offered the following information:
“When I met Jake, he didn’t bark, lunge or even pay attention to me. Jake was very overwhelmed and shut down. He was suspicious and untrusting. He ignored my treats I threw at him. He just stayed laying down.
Relentlessly, I finally got this hunk to give me the time of day. It never was about my hot dogs, he could care less about them. I just kept calling his name, his owners gave him. By the time I left, I got this big sturdy hunk sitting for me, leaning in for scratches, and wincing for me to take him away.”
A Facebook page for Jake can be followed here. Share Jake’s story with friends, family and social media contacts. No dog is “one size fits all” and this boy needs our help. Reference #A5007107. Phone: (562) 940-6898.
(Photo of misunderstood German shepherd via Desi Lara)
Check out Jake’s short video: