Dog belonged to deployed military member

Dog belonging to deployed military member surrendered to Florida shelter

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A young dog allegedly belonging to a deployed member of the military finds himself homeless at a Florida animal shelter. As reported by ABC Action News, the one-year-old Mastiff mix, named Wade, was surrendered to the Hernando County Animal Services facility by someone claiming that he was a stray…but some sleuthing has led shelter staff to a different story.

Wade has a microchip and though the shelter was unable to reach the individual listed as a contact, they did find someone who shed more light on the dog’s situation. The shelter was told that the person who surrendered Wade was actually a man who was supposed to be caring for the dog while his owner was deployed.

James Terry, director of Hernando County Animal Services, told the news agency:

He pretty much dumped him and gave a false story.

Efforts have been made to reach Wade’s true owner, but so far, the shelter has not been successful.

Nobody knows if the stories about Wade are true – the people who have spoken to staff members have been relatively uncooperative.

Right now, a new home is being sought for the big puppy. If you are interested in learning more, please reach out to the Hernando County Animal Services at 352-796-5062 or find them on Facebook here.

(Screenshot via ABC Action News)

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An emotional pup…



5 replies
  1. Bruce says:

    If they would take ID from the people who turn these animals and then they would have a better contact point to go back to of who turn an animal in. Maybe they can hold some people accountable for falsifying and dumping off their own dogs or animals

  2. Jan Barnes says:

    I truly believe the owner would be ABSOLUTELY “LIVID.” Please keep trying to contact him! Otherwise, PLEASE–find Wade a loving caring home!

    Are donations needed? Please update on how Wade is doing!

  3. Barkley's Mom says:

    I hope they are able to find the true owner. For someone to promise to take a dog until the owner is back from his duty and then do this is horrible. I hope someone will step up and foster this dog until the owner returns.

  4. Sassy says:

    Contact Dogs on deployment they will find a foster till their person is home. I hate people. Dumping off geriatric pups at shelters seems to be a trend

  5. Bunny Peters says:

    An ABC news story update stated that Wade will be fostered by Big Dogs Rescue.

    I hope that this puppy is eventually reunited with his original parent!!!

    I also really hope that the disgusting POS who dumped this precious treasure gets a nasty dose of karma……. He deserves to burn in Hell forever for his cruelty AND his betrayal of a friend (who is putting his life at risk for all of us here in the US)……


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