Social media outraged at photo showing dog with heavy chain at shelter, but there is more to the story

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In Houston, Texas, animal advocates on social media became outraged as a shelter photo of a black and white bulldog revealed a heavy black chain around the dog’s neck. The question repeatedly asked was why the dog needed the chain if he was at the Harris County Pets Shelter?

ID: A574094 (male) INTAKE: May 14, 2021
at: Harris County Pets –
612 Camino Road, Houston, TX 77076
Phone Number: (281) 999-3191

The photo of the defeated five-year-old quickly went viral, until volunteers with knowledge of the situation came forward and explained:

“The chain was not used to pull him in. That is how they found him. It may look bad but it is originally the owners fault. The dog should be in better hands of the shelter rather than the owner.”

The chain would likely have to had been cut off, and it is a documented process unless there is a simple clip which is not usually the case.

The dog was taken into the shelter by animal control officers:

“He’s in the aco truck 🙄 we grab the first picture possible for evidence then remove anything like this. You could possibly focus on the crappy owner that put the chain on him🤷‍♀️ js.”

This sad pup needs everyone’s help. Please share his plight with friends, family and social media contacts. Follow his story here. Here is his photo now; the chain has since been removed.

PetHarbor adoption information:

This DOG – ID#A574094

I am male. I look like a white and black American Bulldog mix.

The shelter staff think I am about 5 years old.

This information was refreshed 10 minutes ago and may not represent all of the animals at Harris County Pets.

For more information about this animal, call:
Harris County Pets at (281) 999-3191
Ask for information about animal ID number A574094
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9 replies
  1. Bunny Peters says:

    Poor precious treasure…… I am very sorry for his disgusting treatment by his POS owner.

    I know that sometimes these chains (& embedded collars) must be removed surgically due to flesh growing in amongst the chain links (or around the collar). It seems “cruel” to leave the chain, but it’s best for the dog to wait for the veterinary surgery treatment (& proper sedation with pain control medication)…….

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