Update: AJ was rescued!! Just a note on dogs in Carson shelter: Apparently some unscrupulous people are collecting money on fund raising sites for shelter dogs. NEVER donate to an individual! Never pay pledges to an individual. Never donate to fundraisers while the dog is still in the shelter!! Some dogs have been used for fund raising and raised huge sums of money and then the dogs are “adopted” or pulled. Often those dogs are then dumped elsewhere and those who raised the money take it and move on to another fundraiser.
He lies in his kennel shaking, licking his lips, with enough fear in his eyes to melt even the iciest of hearts. AJ arrived at the shelter wagging his tail. He and his brother walked in together, left by owners who said they couldn’t afford to care for the two six-year-old dogs. At the shelter, uncaring staff decided to separate the dogs. AJ’s first video shows a relaxed alert dog, looking at the person taking pictures. By contract, a few weeks later, AJ’s video shows a different dog — he’s huddled on his bed trembling all over, eyes terrified, licking his lips. The terror in his eyes is truly heartbreaking to witness.
Perhaps the sad truth has sunk in. His family left him there. He doesn’t even have the solace of the company of his brother. Dogs disappear from their cages to never return. A few are lucky enough to be rescued or adopted, but many are killed. The smell of fear permeates the kennels. And both AJ and his brother are sweet dogs who get along with other dogs. The volunteers cannot say enough about how wonderful these dogs are. Both dogs also walk beautifully on a leash. His brother was adopted.
AJ is labeled as a pit bull mix which makes his situation even more desperate. Without a temperament test, he cannot be adopted to the public, only rescued. A temperament test would save his life (assuming that he’s not too terrified to pass). But one must be requested in person at the shelter. If he is not tested, he can be killed at any time. He has been at the shelter too long already and will not be given much more time. Please share his story to family and friends on social media. He needs all the help he can to get out of the high kill shelter alive.
There may be more information on his Facebook thread. Original thread here, and a newer thread here. His current status will be available on his PetHarbor page. AJ is ID#A4913106. AJ and his brother are at the Carson Animal Care Center, 216 Victoria Street, Gardena, California. AJ is in kennel C309. The shelter phone number is (310) 523-9566. The shelter is open Monday through Thursday from 12:00 pm to 7:00 pm and Friday through Sunday from 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm.
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