Disturbing photo of shepherd at Dallas shelter on bloody choke pole

A terrified German shepherd’s photograph showing her attached to an animal control bloody choke pole appeared on a Pet Harbor listing on Friday. The disturbing photo stated the three-year-old sable colored  shepherd mix had been brought in as a stray and would be on hold until November 14. On a later description, Dallas Animal Services posted additional information:

“There are some behavior concerns. When she was caught, she was exhibiting aggressive behavior and for the safety of our officers a catch pole was used when handling her. She bit the catch pole which caused injuries to her mouth. Any rescues that might be interested will need to reach out to us asap so we know there is interest for her.”

Shortly after the original photo had been posted, it was replaced by another one – obviously less threatening and more compassionate. Unfortunately no one knows why the dog acted aggressively; too often rescue organizations are afraid to make the commitment. For this young dog, one can only hope an organization reaches out to help her. Had she been protecting puppies? Had the animal control officers acted aggressively towards her? Had someone tried to hurt her just before the animal control officers showed up? No one has the answers; she’s just a dog who has met up with incredibly back luck and needs a miracle to save her. Please share her plight with approved rescue organizations, friends, family and social media contacts. Sharing saves lives; we are all that she has in the world.

Click here for the dog’s latest Pet Harbor photo and listing. 

“I am a female, sable German Shepherd Dog mix.

The shelter staff think I am about 3 years old.

I have been at the shelter since Nov 10, 2017.

If I may be your missing pet, please contact Dallas Animal Services direct by calling the number below or by emailing DASLost@DallasCityHall.com as soon as possible.”

For more information about this animal, call Dallas Animal Services at (214) 670-6800. Ask for information about animal ID number A1014016. To follow her Facebook discussion, please click here. or here.

(Dog on choke pole via Dallas Animal Services)

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