Hermione is one of the saddest stories that this high kill shelter has seen. She suffers from a painful skin condition for which her owner never bothered to get her medical care. Her skin is rubbed pink and on her paws and legs her skin is rough and raw looking. Her chest, also, is raw and wrinkled.
From her physical condition, it’s apparent that Hermione wasn’t treated well for the first nine years of her life. She was used for breeding over and over, and now that she’s too old to have puppies that would bring her owner cash, he dumped her at a kill shelter to die. Yet in spite of her horrible life and the lack of any love or affection, Hermione’s tail never stopped wagging when a visitor stopped to see her. She licked the visitor’s hand and was extremely happy to see someone who would give her some attention.
Watch her video and cry. The resilience of dogs and their ability to forgive people for past transgressions is beyond belief sometimes. Hermione was treated like a puppy-making machine. She was not provided with even the most basic of veterinary care. Yet she still wants people to love her, and she still loves them back.
But because Hermione is a “bully” breed, the shelter will not allow her to be adopted to the public without a temperament test. And for Hermione to get her temperament tested, someone must physically go to the shelter and request that she get a temperament test. Otherwise, she is rescue only, and if she fails her temperament test, she will also be labeled rescue only. Until that time, she can be killed at any time.
A poster on her Facebook thread commented on shelter policy regarding the temperament test. “The policy at Carson is that dogs that are “bully” breeds, which means any dog they classify as a pit bull, mastiff, rottweiler, etc., has to pass a temperament test. The tests are done at the shelter, but a person has to go to the shelter and request the test in person. If the dog does not pass the test, it is labeled rescue only and only a rescue group that works with Carson shelter can pull the dog. If the dog passes the temp test, anyone wanting to personally adopt it has to have an interview with one of the officers before the adoption will be approved. Most of the dogs put to sleep at Carson are pit bulls.“
Her current status will be available on her PetHarbor page. There may be more information on her Facebook thread. She also has a new Facebook thread with new photos. Hermione is ID#A4464474. She is listed as nine years old and she has already been spayed. She has been at the Carson Animal Care Center since January 16 and will be available on January 21. She is in kennel C118 at the Carson Shelter, 216 Victoria Street, Gardena, California. The 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 10:00 am to 5:00 pm.
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