In Denver, the family of a 10-year-old English Setter named Watson, who fought to save the life of their dog after surrendering him to the Denver Animal Shelter learned on Monday their dog will not be euthanized.
Watson’s owners, Nicole and Lars Ellingson had made the difficult choice to surrender their dog after Watson bit their two-year-old son who had jumped on the dog while he was sleeping.
The Texas based Southwest English Setter Rescue had been notified by Watson’s owners and told the director, Susan Dunlap, they were trying their best to get their dog back from the Denver Animal Shelter asking if the rescue would take Watson. Unfortunately, at the time, the shelter stated the dog would be humanely euthanized after the mandatory ten-day quarantine time, and that the family had been clearly notified that the dog could face death.
On Monday, the news came out that Watson was indeed alive and well:
Just after 2PM today, we learned that Watson has been transferred out of Denver Animal Shelter. We appreciate the action they have chosen. This happened because of the efforts of people like you, Watson is safe. But we’re already being asked, “What now?” Because the truth is, Watson’s life depended on the impact of an individualized publicityNo Kill Colorado
Dunlap saw rehoming Watson in a home with no children a positive alternative rather than euthanizing a dog for an obviously defensive response.
It had been the MaxFund Animal Adoption Center in Denver along with No Kill Colorado who asked animal advocates to contact local officials to spare the life of Watson. And it was on Monday, that the Denver Animal Shelter released the dog to a volunteer from Southwest English Setter Rescue, where Watson has since been reported to be doing well and settling in with his new foster parents.