A young dog was completely and utterly let down by her former, irresponsible owner, who told an animal shelter, “you might as well kill her.” The dog, named “Xena,” lived her life outside – without training, without supervision, without vaccinations, licensing or ever having been spayed.
Suffice to say, left to her own devices, Xena got herself into trouble and she did not have a responsible owner to help her afterwards. Xena is the type of dog who is highly motivated by movement (shepherd and border collie owners will understand what this means!). On two of the occasions when Xena was gallivanting outdoors without supervision, her propensity to chase after moving objects got the better of her.
In instance number one, she chased after someone mowing his yard and nipped at his pant leg. On instance number two, Xena, again unsupervised, chased after a child on a bicycle (which of course was overly enticing because it was moving). The nips resulted in nasty designations (dangerous dog) and hefty fines.
Xena’s owner did what she always did – let her dog down. Xena was taken to a shelter and staff was told that they “Might as well kill her.” Fortunately for Xena, someone took a chance on meeting her before her period of quarantine expired (at which time she would have been put down) – despite the frightening signs outside of her kennel run warning of a dangerous dog inside.
Xena’s angel described the first encounter, “When I first approached – entering her kennel without fear nor hesitation – I was immediately met by this sweet girl who gingerly took treats from my hand, kissing my fingers in appreciation before burying her head in the crook of my arm, struggling to deposit her entire 66-pounds in my lap.”
Since that time, Xena has been vaccinated and altered and she completed an intensive month-long training program where she exhibited “exemplary behavior.” Unfortunately, Xena needs more help. A fundraiser established to help Xena explains:
We have reached the point where Xena’s training is concluding, and must find her a receiving rescue, foster, or knowledgeable and responsible adopter. In order to facilitate that success, we are asking for your help to raise funds to cover a year’s worth of surety bond and to reimburse the rescuer who used his mortgage payment to cover her training costs. Although we are convinced that Xena would pass a re-evaluation of her “dangerous dog” determination with flying colors, under Minnesota law she would most likely NOT be given that opportunity for at least a full year, given her two-incident history.
Xena deserves a chance to be a beloved companion to a responsible owner. Please click here to read more about how you can help make that dream a reality.
Note: All donations are being processed under the auspices of the Lake Superior Humane Society (Knife River, MN) – a registered 501(c)(3) organization, and donors will receive a tax-deductible receipt for their generosity.