Owner surrendered 15-year-old Miko to shelter for ‘worms and skin rash’

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For his entire life, Miko thought he his family would always be there for him, that is until the surprise last ride to the East Valley Animal Shelter in Van Nuys, California came on Saturday. On the basic information form required to surrender a pet, Miko’s family wrote their dog was “sick and old” and suffered from “worms and a skin condition.”

In addition, the family noted the following:

.Around strangers, he is fearful and shy for a few minutes;
.When aggressive, he will “scream and bite”;
.He lived with children and was “usually tolerant” of them, and was exuberant when they played with him;
.He lived with cats and was “aggressive” and “fearful”;
.The owner described him as “affectionate, fearful, anxious”;
.He was kept mostly outdoors, but when left alone indoors he was destructive and barks and whines;
.For exercise, he is used to “running/jogging”;
.On leash, he pulls very hard, and when off leash, he runs away.”

At 15-years-old, Miko does seem to have a lot of energy. Shelter volunteers suggested he might “scream and bite” because he is in pain. Please share his plight with approved rescue organizations, friends, family and social media contacts. Sharing saves lives.

“He must be so afraid being in a new, scary environment; but this might be where he should be so he can get rescued, and treated for what may ail him, and live out his life being cuddled with,” a volunteer wrote on her Facebook page hoping to help Miko find a loving home.”

“Meet Miko! A 15 year old, male #senior who was surrendered by his owners and he’s so scared in the shelter!  This poor boy has hot spots that are healing so he is in pain in certain spots when he is touched. He just needs a loving home with a soft bed. Available now at the East Valley Animal Shelter! Please call the shelter if you can help!”

PetHarbor adoption listing:

MIKO – ID#A1950371

My name is Miko and I am an unaltered male, gray Mixed breed. The shelter thinks I am about 15 years old.
I weigh approximately 20 pounds.

I have been at the shelter since Aug 28, 2020. If you would like more information about MIKO or to schedule an appointment to meet/rescue him, call the shelter at (818) 756-9323.

For more information about this animal, call Los Angeles Animal Services – East Valley Shelter at (888) 452-7381
Ask for information about animal ID number A1950371.

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