No matter how many times dog owners are warned about leaving young children unsupervised with dogs, it’s never enough. Children need to respect a dog’s space also. Sadly, Marshall’s life is at risk; here is her story.
Last March, Marshall was found as a stray in Southwest Philadelphia and was welcomed into her new family one month later – joining four house cats and an active three-year-old child. Quickly, the friendly dog became a cherished member of the family; she has been great with other dogs, people and children.
Just days ago, Marshall had been sleeping on the couch when the youngster climbed up and startled the dog – possibly stepping on her. The dog snapped at the child biting him on the cheek. Marshall was taken to Animal Control where she is currently on a ten-day quarantine bite hold. She is very scared and has no idea what she did wrong.
“She’s a playful dog who loves toys and bones, but she never chews things that aren’t hers,” the dog’s owner posted hoping to help Marshall find a new home. “She was living in a house with a 3-year-old and 4 cats. She did show some interest in chasing cats. She loves going to the dog park and going on walks or runs. She is a super affectionate dog that is loyal and knows commands like sit, paw, down and come.”
Her owner continued.
“She always waits patiently for her dinner and sits to have her harness put on before a walk. Unfortunately my 3 year old climbed on her while she was sleeping and she snapped at him catching him on the cheek. It was an unfortunate accident that would be avoided by placing her with teenagers or a home with just adults.”
According to a trainer familiar with Marshall, an ideal placement would require positive reinforcement training as she is jumpy, mouthy and playful. She would do best in a home with children over 12 and another well-socialized dog to help her develop good manners.
Meanwhile, Marshall waits for help at ACCT Philly.
For additional information about Marshall, fill out form with the dog’s name and animal ID # and email firstname.lastname@example.org if interested in fostering or adopting. A4o837283. Please note she will be available to rescue partners, but will not be available for adoption through the shelter.
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