English bulldog returned to shelter because he wouldn’t get out of the car

UPDATE: Note from Moreno Valley Animal Shelter stated Desmond has been rescued. (No further information available)

At the Moreno Valley Animal Shelter in California, an English bulldog was returned shortly after he was adopted on Wednesday. His new family could not get him out of the car.

According to the Friends of Moreno Valley Shelter Animals, Desmond is now listed as “rescue only.” His story may seem a bit complicated.

“He’s a little neurotic, which on its own is not necessarily a bad thing,” volunteers at the shelter posted on social media. “Who wouldn’t mind living with someone who’s just a bit OCD about keeping a clean house?

It’s not the being ‘neurotic’ that is making him ‘rescue only’; it’s the trigger and the fact that we don’t know what it is or how to turn him off when it starts.”

His adopter was very excited to be able to take Desmond home and drove more than an hour to come to the shelter. She completed the adoption application and with Desmond in the car – drove home. It is not known what the trigger was that sent Desmond into his scary behavior. Suddenly the dog tried to bite anything and everything that came close to him or moved.

“He was erratic, uncontrollable and inconsolable. New mom had no other choice as she could not safely bring him into her home with her family, she had to bring him back.”

His new mom knew she would not be able to meet the challenging needs of Desmond and with a broken heart had to return to the shelter with him. She explained what happened and an animal control officer met the woman with a leash and a control stick. For two hours Desmond was out of control.

“The officer returned with Desmond growling, snarling and biting the control stick.”

And today Desmond had no issues and was able to be moved to a different kennel with only a leash. As the video shows, he was given multiple treats and offered kisses afterward. What triggered him off on Wednesday is not known.

❥★❥ RESCUED ❥★❥ 4/2/20*** RESCUE ONLY ***ADOPTED THEN IMMEDIATELY RETURNED AS THEY COULD NOT GET HIM OUT OF THE CAR- READ STAFF NOTES BELOW ON BEHAVIOR. DESMOND #A504714 (Moreno Valley, CA)Male, white and brown brindle English Bulldog.The shelter thinks I am about 5 years old.I weigh approximately 49.00 lbs. NEW INTAKE INFO:I have been at the shelter since Mar 31, 2020 and I am available for adoption now!PRIOR INTAKE INFO BEFORE 3/31/20 ADOPTION:I have been at the shelter since Mar 24, 2020 and I may be available for adoption on Mar 31, 2020 at 12:39PM.Shelter plea:How in the world could an adorable, sweet, cutie pie like Desmond become “rescue only”, you ask? Well, I will tell you what we know…. He’s a little neurotic, which on its own is not necessarily a bad thing. Who wouldn’t mind living with someone who’s just a little bit OCD about keeping a clean house? It’s not the being “neurotic” that is making him “rescue only” it’s the trigger and the fact that we don’t know what it is or how to turn him off when it starts. Yesterday Desmond was adopted. His new mom was so excited to be able to take him home. She drove over an hour to come to the shelter, complete her adoption and then drive over an hour again to return home. Once home, new mom was so excited, she got out of her car and went around to let Desmond out of his carrier… Somewhere only the drive to his new home, the trigger was hit. Desmond was trying to bite anything and everything that came close or moved. He was trying to bite her, new mom was not able to remove Desmond from her car. He was erratic, uncontrollable and inconsolable. New mom had no other choice as she could not safely bring him into her home with her family, she had to bring him back. New mom realized that she herself, was not able to take on his training challenges. After some heart wrenching deliberating, the decision was made to drive back to Moreno Valley and return him to the shelter. After her second drive to the shelter, she made contact with staff via phone and explained what had happened. An officer exited the building with both a leash and a control stick…. The officer returned with Desmond growling, snarling and biting the control stick. Desmond was still overstimulated after 2 hours in the car. Today, we visited with Desmond and were able to move him from one kennel to one with a center divider with just a leash and no issues. We do know that the water hose is one of his triggers and is why we had to move him to a kennel with a divider so we are able to clean but quickly have to lift the divider because the divider is another one of his triggers. We gave him several treats which he enjoyed very much and he offered kisses afterwards. Treats are not a trigger. Today has been a good day but Desmond needs work. His unpredictable behavior makes him unsafe to adopt to the public. He needs a professional. He needs a rescue, rescues are professionals, a rescue that can work with him. Find out what is going on in his head and turn it around to be a positive behavior. Please help Desmond, help him work out the kinks in his behavior and help him find the best home.TEMP TEST:3/31/20 11:48 Temp tested A504714, male, English Bulldog with A504747 female, Siberian Husky. Male Bulldog was lunging and snaping at female Husky. He did not do well. She showed very little interest in him. mlhttp://petharbor.com/pet.asp?uaid=MRVL.A504714Moreno Valley Animal Shelter14041 Elsworth Street, Moreno Valley, CA 92553951-413-3790PUBLIC EMAIL/GENERAL INFO: animalshelter@moval.orgRESCUE EMAIL: rescue@moval.orgOpen Tuesday – Saturday (closed Sunday, Monday and holidays)Tues.-Fri. 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Posted by Friends of Moreno Valley Shelter Animals on Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Desmond’s unpredictable behavior makes him ineligible to be adopted to anyone in the public. He needs a rescue with a professional trainer who can address his problems.

DESMOND #A504714 (Moreno Valley, CA)

PetHarbor adoption listing:
Male, white and brown brindle English Bulldog.
The shelter thinks I am about 5 years old.
I weigh approximately 49.00 lbs.
NEW INTAKE INFO:
I have been at the shelter since Mar 31, 2020 and I am available for adoption now!
PRIOR INTAKE INFO BEFORE 3/31/20 ADOPTION:
I have been at the shelter since Mar 24, 2020 and I may be available for adoption on Mar 31, 2020 at 12:39PM.

TEMP TEST:
3/31/20 11:48 Temp tested A504714, male, English Bulldog with A504747 female, Siberian Husky. Male Bulldog was lunging and snaping at female Husky. He did not do well. She showed very little interest in him.

Moreno Valley Animal Shelter
14041 Elsworth Street, Moreno Valley, CA 92553
951-413-3790
PUBLIC EMAIL/GENERAL INFO: animalshelter@moval.org
RESCUE EMAIL: rescue@moval.org
Open Tuesday – Saturday (closed Sunday, Monday and holidays)
Tues.-Fri. 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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4 replies
  1. Jan Barnes says:

    THERE HAS TO BE A REASON FOR DESMOND’S BEHAVIOR!
    I AM SURE THERE IS MORE TO THIS STORY!

    IN ANY CASE–PLEASE, RESCUE ANGELS, GIVE DESMOND THE
    CHANCE AND LOVE HE DESERVES!

    Reply
  2. Diana Rowell says:

    She began the ABUSE as soon as they got in her vehicle, and probably CONTINUED the whole way. WHY would an otherwise easy going dog change so quickly, then be perfectly okay after some chill time. SHE BEAT HIM…PERIOD!

    Reply

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