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Zuzu, shepherd rejected by owner at shelter has been rescued

A German shepherd mix, who escaped from her backyard and was brought to the Downey Animal Care Shelter in California will have a wonderful new life; the  shelter named her Zuzu after the little girl in “It’s a Wonderful Life.”zuzu-the-dog-3

When brought into the shelter, the staff believed Zuzu was a stray – that is until the two-year-old rushed to the fence of the shelter’s play yard when she spotted her “family.” At that moment the people began to talk to her and petted the top of the pup’s head through the fence.zuzu-the-dog
“With her fast wagging tail seeing her owners, Zuzu lit up like a Christmas tree. She looked like the happiest dog. Yea, she’s going home! But no! Talking to her owners, they told me they were not here to reclaim her; they were getting another dog,” posted volunteer Desi Lara on Facebook as she videoed the heart wrenching scene.
The family no longer wanted Zuzu – she was just too sad.
“Zuzu’s father, another German shepherd had just passed away and Zuzu was crying and heartbroken. She escaped her family’s yard and hopped the wall and got into her neighbor’s yard. The unhappy neighbor called Animal Control, and her owners were going to let her stay there. Their reason? Because she was crying and sad since her father passed away. She was not a happy dog anymore.”
When animal advocate. Sal Valdepena reached out to the Pet Rescue Report to help Zuzu find a new home, it didn’t take long before her story went viral.  And although there has been much criticism against the shelter, it is important to remember the dog came in as a stray.  It has not been verified if the family adopted another dog. Because of  sharing  Zuzu’s plight, she will be leaving Friday to an approved California rescue, Pet Adoption Fund, where she will receive all the love and attention she may have missed.
Previous video and story here.
(Photos of Zuzu via Facebook)
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  1. Angela Corso
    Angela Corso says:

    I am so happy to read
    this. I have thought about this dog since I read the story. There are truly good people in the world. Sometimes that’s hard to believe when you read these horrible emails.

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  2. Susan Bissell
    Susan Bissell says:

    At least Zuzu will have a better life now. The stupid owners don’t realize that dogs mourn too. I feel sorry for the new dog they are going to adopt. Zuzu I hope you find your forever home soon!

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  3. pennysdachshund
    pennysdachshund says:

    WELL I am SO!SO!SO! A CALIFORNIA RESCUE DID STEP UP!!! OTHERWISE THE POOR DOG WOULD Probably had be euthanized AS THE “GREAT STATE OF CALIFORNIA WOULD RATHER KILL THEIR SHELTER DOG”S and CAT”S INSTEAD OF WORKING WITH:::::::::OUT SIDE STATE RESCUES OR INDIVIDUAL”S !!! AND TRUTH KNOWN DOWNEY MORE THAN LILELY LET THESE PUKES HAVE ANOTHER DOG!!! This will be KEPT QUITE BECAUSE of THE PUBLIC OUTCRY IT WOULD CAUSE ME INCLUCED!!!!!!

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    • Jannette Trevino
      Jannette Trevino says:

      I live in Merced, CA and I volunteer for a rescue group that transports…We have reduced the euthanasia rate in our shelter by 54%. We would prefer not to kill our animals as you seem to think, this group works hard in getting as many out as we can and getting closer to being a no kill shelter..

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  4. Barkley's Mom
    Barkley's Mom says:

    I’m happy that Zuzu found a loving home. I truly hope the shelter did NOT let these horrible people adopt another dog!.Sure most likely they will be able to get another dog elsewhere but it is heartbreaking to think a shelter would let them adopt a dog from them with the excuse they are using to dump Zuzu

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  5. Trecia Juhnke
    Trecia Juhnke says:

    Dogs have very intense.feelings when I buried my blind mamma dog after 161/2years Her son named Timber laid on top of her grave grieving her passing. These owners are clueless.They should probably not own any dogs if they have this kind of a problem I wonder if they just left Zuzus in the back yard and paid no attentoon him. Happy he found a new home.

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  6. susispot
    susispot says:

    Humm, never heard of Pet Adoption Fund. I hope they get her into a great home quickly. She needs to know she is not a throw away pet.

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