Update: Box was saved!! Thank you all for sharing his story. He will have a happy holiday!
A handsome dog named Box (perhaps short for Boxer?) is horribly depressed in the Carson shelter in California. According to the shelter staff, he was left at the shelter by his owners because he was injured. It appears that his left front leg was bitten and fractured (a dog fight?). While it seems heartless to leave a dog at a kill shelter because it was injured, perhaps the family could not afford to provide veterinary care and realized that at least Box would be treated for his injuries at the shelter.
And Box has received treatment. They stitched up his wound and he has been on antibiotics. Box also was neutered on November 13. The family provided the shelter with information about Box and his temperament (which many of those abandoning dogs in shelters don’t bother to do). They had Box for six months, and he lived both inside and outside. They said he was partially house trained (which means that whoever adopts or fosters him will need to provide a refresher course in house training).
He is good with children (he lived with kids), he is okay on a leash and he is good on car rides. When asked about his barking, they indicated that he is “slightly” vocal, which would seem to mean only barks when appropriate. The owner profile also may indicate that he lived with other dogs. He is at the beginner level in obedience training.
Box was temperament tested. He was given a “C,” and according to a shelter employee it is because he appears to be aggressive around other dogs. The hair on his back was raised and he charged the kennel with another dog. He was injured when he arrived at the shelter. If he was bitten by another dog, that might explain his fear or aggression with other dogs. Once he was away from the other dogs, he calmed down and was sweet. He needs a home without other dogs. It was noted that he needs training. He is a young dog and training would be helpful to show Box what the expectations are.
From his video (he is kissy and friendly and his tail wags nonstop!), he is sweet and playful, so it’s disappointing that he didn’t pass the temperament test. To adopt him, a dominant breed application will need to be completed. Box has been at the shelter for over a month, so he should be considered urgently in need of rescue or adoption.
Please share his story and his cute video. A foster offer would save his life, and rescues often will step up is someone volunteers to foster. Box has two Facebook threads: his original Facebook thread, and the second Facebook thread with a newer photo. He also has a thread with his video. Box is ID #A4895278. He is located at the Carson Shelter, 216 Victoria Street, Gardena, California. Their phone number is (310) 523-9566 (first hit 5, then 2 and then 2 again to be connected to a human). 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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