On May 26, a senior German shepherd, dubbed Diego, was picked up as a stray and taken to the BARC Animal Shelter in Houston, Texas. The handsome boy shows signs of neglect, but he was wearing an old collar, indicating that he did have a home. Sadly, Diego is longing for attention and love, but his days are numbered.
According to Houston Underdogs, Diego has been slated for euthanasia on Saturday, June 12. The agency writes:
Diego came in as a stray on 5-26. He’s shockingly HW- and came in with an old collar, so someone may be missing him! Please share, in case his his family is looking for him. He’s a handsome boy, but does have hair loss on his mid & lower back. The skin scrape was negative, so it’s from being on the street or fleas (which he’s been treated for) and it’s not contagious. He has good notes with both staff and dogs he was calm and wiggly with the dog he met (video above) but he’s getting stressed in the kennel.
Initial shelter notes on May 31 reveal Diego’s affectionate nature:
Diego greets me at the kennel door with his mouth open, tongue out, soft swaying tail. Walked to the outside runs with a light step and wagging tail. When I returned to leash him he displayed a light bounce at my feet. Leaned into my legs and sat at my feet as I removed the old rope tied to his collar.
Fast forward to June 9, and Diego’s behavior shows signs of deterioration. The stress of being locked up in a kennel run is taking a toll:
Barking and whining in his kennel this AM. During the entire cleaning time he was pushing against the swinging doors to get into the inside kennel. When I finally switched him over from his outside to his inside kennel he jumped on me and wouldn’t stop until I left his kennel. Also had dilated pupils and was panting with his tongue hanging out. He remained barking on and off for the remainder of the morning so I covered his kennel and gave him some popsicles to keep him occupied for a bit. Put him on adopt eval to further monitor his behavior since it seemed like more than just GSD behavior.
Diego is nearly out of time. Is there anyone out there to save this senior dog’s life? Information to save him is provided below.
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