Update March 15, 2016 3:00 a.m. Released to rescue March 14.
Update March 13, 2016 3:35 pm. Greenville County Pet Rescue just posted on Red’s thread that rescue is pending! This does NOT mean Red is safe. An update will be posted once Red is out of the shelter
Also, a revision has been made at the request of the shelter that their information posted on his Facebook thread was incorrect. Red never had hip surgery, he had a growth removed. The family also says Red attacked without being provoked. The prior owner is help get Red to freedom. The family just wanted the shelter to be aware he could bite without warning.
This article has been updated to reflect the correct information.
Animal advocates are joining this weekend in an effort to save a shelter dog at the high intake pound in Greenville, South Carolina. A Facebook: Save Red-The Dog community page was created late Saturday evening to bring his situation into the public eye. Without a miracle, Red may not get out of the shelter alive. He only has until Monday for rescue.
Greenville County Animal Care (also known as the Greenville pound) is a high intake shelter located on Furman Hall Road in Greenville. It’s crowded, dogs are constantly barking and it’s not a good environment for a dog. Red was fortunate to find what everyone thought was a loving, forever home. He was recovering from hip surgery and needed a nice, quiet environment to heal.
Unfortunately, Red, a 3-year-old hound, was returned from adoption after he bit a 2-year-old in the face. Red had just had surgery to have a growth removed and the family says Red bit the child without being provoked. Red was in pain. He’s listed as “rescue only” because the shelter needs a release of liability signed saying they won’t be responsible for his behavior once out of the shelter.
Everyone thought it would be simple to save Red. According to a Red advocate, this poor boy sits in a kennel tonight with his cage padlocked. No walks for this boy-perhaps no walks ever again. Animal advocates have worked tirelessly to get him out.
Crisis Dogs NC sent their representative Ann Hirsch S to Greenville County Animal Care on March 11 in an attempt to gain Red his freedom. Not only was Ann turned away on Red, the shelter also refused to release another dog who has a broken leg. Several people have also offered to foster or adopt Red once a release of liability is signed by the rescue and he’s available.
The shelter allegedly says Red is now a legal matter. If this is true, why even have him on the list of dogs available for rescue or on the daily emails the shelter sends out. He’s been back at the shelter since February 22. The shelter had plenty of time to kill him, if this was their original plan. What legal issues have come up now that didn’t exist on his return date?
It’s going to take an army of dog lovers to save Red. You can help by contacting the two people who hold Red’s life in their hands. Sue Canniff at Scanniff@greenvillecounty.org and Shelter Director Shelly Simmons at Misimmons@greenvillecounty.org to request Red’s life be spared and that he be transferred to one of the rescues that has requested custody of him. We need as many emails to go out as possible. Be polite but firm in your correspondence.
Also, please contact local news media, no matter where you live. Most have affiliates in the Carolina’s and can pass along information. While animal advocates hope this is simply a miscommunication between rescues and the shelter, everyone Red’s story has touched is willing to do what it takes to save him. Saving Red is a story that needs to go viral. News stations love to report on animal advocates fighting to save the life of one deserving dog. Let’s do everything we can to show Red he’s special and to get him out of there.
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