Update: Rescued by Nadia’s Haven of Hope!!
Lily is a dog who used to like other dogs — until she got attacked by two dogs and lost her ear. Now she’s afraid of other dogs. Lily is fifth on the list to be killed tomorrow. If her kennel is needed, if more dogs are surrendered and/or brought into the shelter than adopted, she will be killed. Lily will never get the chance to lick another cheek or lay her head in another person’s lap. Lily is a dog who was wronged both by other dogs and by humans.
Dog behaviorists will tell you that many, many dogs who do not get along with other dogs were attacked at dog parks. Being attacked makes a dog scared of other dogs and often, scared dogs bite. The owner who relinquished Lily at the county kill shelter explained that Lily was attacked several times — once by the other family dog and another time by a stray dog.
Yet Lily is extremely loving and affectionate to people. She loves to be around people and crawls over to lick those who visit her. She is sweet and gentle. But poor Lily looks like she’s been through the wringer. She has wounds all over her body from being attacked, and she lost an ear. Otherwise she is healthy. She is heartworm negative, and she has already been spayed.
When I asked about Lily needing to be an only dog, a volunteer told me:
No, she does not need to be only dog. She was in play group again yesterday and was tolerant and gentle and dainty. She only bit the other dog defending herself the owner stated. She is a really good dog — calmer and polite.”
In her video, Lily sits on commands and takes a treat from the volunteer very gently. She is attentive and gentle. She was adopted by a family in January but returned a month later because when attacked by the family dog, Lily bit the other dog while defending herself. What Lily needs is a loving and patient family with either no dogs or dogs who are gentle and calm. She needs time to get used to being around other dogs. She needs to feel secure that she will not be attacked. It might takes weeks — or even months — for Lily to really feel comfortable around other dogs. But she’s really worth the wait!
Lily is only five years old — she has a lifetime to share with a loving family. But tomorrow could very well be her last day on earth. Please share her story. She desperately needs another chance to show a family all the love she has to share! Please help save Lily’s life.
If you can save Lily, you must send an email to email@example.com and and CC firstname.lastname@example.org by 9:00 am tomorrow morning. Please make the subject: Do Not Euth #A30624435 – Lily. Include your name and contact information in the body of the email. You must be willing to pick Lily up by 3:00 pm tomorrow afternoon. Please do not email the shelter unless you plan on taking Lily. You must do this by 9:00 am or it could be too late.
There is more information on how to save Lily on her Facebook thread. She is ID#A30624435. Lily is at the Hillsborough County Animal Services, 440 N. Falkenburg Road, Tampa, FL 33619. Their phone number is 813-744-5660. The shelter is open every day from 10:00 am to 7:00 pm.
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