After nearly 2 years, shelter dog has days left or he will be put down

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After nearly two years of life in the California animal shelter system, a dog has almost run out of time. The middle-aged dog, named Tobias, is at the OC Animal Care Center and a deadline has been set for him to be rescued…or put down.

On Saturday, Tobias’ advocate shared the dire news, writing:

TOBIAS needs a Rescue Commitment by 5 pm on Thurs April 1st or he will be euthanized.

With an explanation as to why the decision has been made to put him down if a rescue group cannot be secured:

Tobias came in as a stray dog with no behavior history almost 2 years ago. He came in with another dog that was adopted right away.
In kennel he has always been barrier reactive which has not been good for his elbow dysplasia, causing him at times to show lameness. In shelter he has been selective with staff, but has been comfortable with those that regularly take him out. His behavior in kennel in combination with his medical concerns are taking a toll on him and affecting his quality of life.


He needs placement out of the shelter in an environment where he is not injuring himself. He is in need of rescue placement.

Saving Tobias

It’s hard to even comprehend the toll that years in a kennel environment can take on a dog, and it is of little surprise that Tobias has been struggling. Please help save him from this sorrowful existence by sharing his adoption information.

A1645816 Tobias
Comments: At Risk-in Kennel Behav/elbow Problems
Status: RESQ-BHV
Intake Type: STRAY
Kennel: 617
Sex: Neutered Male
Age: 7Y
Weight: 76.20 Lbs
Breed: Pit Bull
Color: White And Black
Intake Date: 08/09/2019
Review Date: 04/01/2021
RT Data Review: 03-27-2021 5:47PM
Jurisdiction: SANTA ANA.
OC Animal Care
📍1630 Victory Rd, Tustin, CA 92782, US.
☎️ 714.935.6848

Link to Tobias on county website here.

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