On February 21, Chuck was surrendered to the Baldwin Animal Care Center; his owners turned him in telling the staff their dog was aggressive. Originally labeled as a Tibetan terrier and Labradoodle mix, Chuck’s plight was circulated through social media hoping to find an appropriate rescue situation to meet the dog’s complex needs.
According to Chuck’s initial assessment, he walked into the play yard on a leash and allowed the assessor to pet him on the head and top of his body, however when the tester attempted to pat him on the stomach, Chuck tried to attack the person who had to jump on top of a bench as the dog went for his boot.
“For all we know, this could be because the former owners kicked this dog in the stomach,” stated one of the volunteers who has conferred with Officer Cunningham at the shelter.
In previous discussions, information has been shared to reflect Chuck’s belly having been matted with his coat which ultimately could have made it very tender to the touch, however vet techs who were there the day the dog was surrendered, stated he did allow a complete exam (except for his mouth) and his underbelly was not matted. Sadly, Chuck’s behavior has deteriorated since arriving at the shelter. He is now extremely fearful and won’t allow anyone to touch him. He has been treated for an upper respiratory infection. A previous rescue organization had been scheduled to pull Chuck, but were shocked when the dog, alleged to have been a Tibetan terrier which typically weigh the average of 18 to 24 pounds, presented as a 64 pound dog. Unfortunately the organization was not prepared to help Chuck.
Click here for Chuck’s Pet Harbor listing. CHUCK – ID#A4803724. “My name is Chuck, and I am described as a male, tan and white Wheaten terr and Labrador Retriever. The shelter thinks I am about 7 years old. I have been at the shelter since Feb 21, 2016.” A Facebook page for Chuck can be found here. Chuck is currently being held in a back building with no public access because he is “rescue only.” Advocates are pledging funds for an approved rescue to help; Chuck will need immediate veterinary assessment via X-rays and ultrasound to determine any medical issues. For now, the shelter has given Chuck an extension until May 5. Please share his plight with approved rescues, family, friends and social media contacts. If ever a dog needed intervention to save his life, Chuck heads the list.
The Baldwin Shelter is located at 4275 Elton Street, Baldwin Park, California 91706 Phone: 626 430 2378.
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