Frozen with fear and unsocialized at shelter likely to cost young Lab her life

At the West Valley Animal Care Center in Arizona, a very scared and unsocialized young Labrador retriever dubbed Ritta needs a near miracle to save her life. The staff at the shelter have continued to work with her to improve her interactions with people, leash skills and self-confidence, but have stated if her behavior does not improve, she may become at-risk for euthanasia.

Ritta’s owner has not shown up; the dog was found on January 5, 2021 near 29th Ave and Glenrosa in Phoenix. She is described as a two-year-old brindle Labrador retriever mix and can only leave with an approved New Hope Rescue partner.

“1/5/2021 Observation dog low growled on approach, would avoid officer, used net and dog froze in net. allowed petting and micro scan in net, used snare for officer and dog protection, alligator rolled and bit at snare.”

When Ritta arrived at the shelter that same afternoon she was very fearful, however allowed light petting and was able to be given her vaccinations without issue. Three days later, she remained frozen in her kennel, retreated, growled and snapped at the leash. She was very tense as a collar was placed on her and when taken to the yard and introduced to one dog, she would not approach him. When the other dog approached her, she became tense.

Since then, Ritta is still very frightened and remains in the back of her kennel. Her last observation report was indeed heartbreaking:

“1/13/2020 Observation Locked in back of kennel; curled up in corner, trembling, growled, urinated when handler attempted to block out; handler tossed treats in kennel and left door open for about 5 minutes – did not eat treats or exit kennel, remained in corner.”

Follow Ritta’s plight on Facebook as advocates share her story with approved rescue organizations, friends, family and social media contacts able to help. Sadly, this pup has had few visitors and few pledges. Sharing saves lives.

For more information, contact:

Ref##A4522906

MCACC West Valley Animal Care Center (602-506-2765)
2500 S 27th Avenue Phoenix, AZ 85009 (27th Ave/Lower Buckeye)
Hours open: 11AM-6PM Monday-Friday
11AM – 5PM Saturday & Sunday

Follow the National Pet Rescue on Facebook for the latest animal related news.


Find JOY in the little things! Puppy paws, wet noses, wagging tails, snuggles and more. Choose your favorite color and style at this link.

More styles, and inspirational designs at our store – please click here to find them all! Your purchase helps support the continuation of our site. Thank you!

 


In a world where you can be anything, be kind. 

Own your own one-of-a-kind design! All sales help support the continuation of our site. Pick your favorite color and style at this link.

 


 

I love paws! Please pick your favorite color and style at this link. Your purchase helps support the continuation of our site. Thank you!

 


 

 



Karma is a b*tch. Choose kindness! Our unique design spreads an important message! Choose your favorite color and style at this link. Your purchase helps support the continuation of our site. Thank you!


That face!!

 



There is no us. There is no them. We are one! Purchase your one-of-a-kind mug at this link. Your purchase helps support the continuation of our site. Thank you!

2 replies
  1. Jan Barnes says:

    SHE PROBABLY KNOWS SHE MAY BE KILLED! THERE IS NO MAGIC–ONLY
    LOVE AND TRUST CAN TAKE AWAY FEAR! PLEASE PLEASE GIVE HER THE
    TIME AND PATIENCE SHE DESERVES! MAY WE DONATE TO HELP?

    Reply

Leave a Reply

Want to join the discussion?
Feel free to contribute!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *