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UPDATE: Butler Twp. Neighborhood Saves "Feral" Dog Jack
BUTLER TOWNSHIP -- After a feral dog was minutes away from being put down on Wednesday, neighbors were able to save him. Now, that dog is on his way to a new home in Michigan, and ABC 22/Fox 45 was there for his happy send-off.
Community members were happy to see Lanie Mossey from the Wild Dog Rescue. Dozens of neighbors were fighting to save the dog dubbed both "Jack" and "Sam". They say he wandered their streets for months before he was caught by animal control last week.
One neighbor, Sharon Deis, says, "I felt wonderful, absolutely wonderful. I think we all did a great thing here."
Officials weren't sure Jack could be rehabilitated. "We did not have the time for animals who are in this kind of condition," explains Mick Sagester with the Montgomery County Animal Resource Center.
Community members are thankful for this pup's second chance.
Those at the shelter hope Jack will be adopted to a loving family.
BUTLER TOWNSHIP -- A stray dog, what some called a "feral" dog and beyond rehabilitation, has been saved, just in the nick of time, by Dayton neighbors.
More than a dozen people from the Deweese Ritchcrest Neighborhood rallied Wednesday afternoon outside the Montgomery County Animal Resource Center hoping to spare Jack's life.
"Any animal, you just don't want to see them put away if there's a chance for them to be saved," said Rebecca Barricklow, who lives in the neighborhood and has dogs that have befriended Jack.
Jack has been a stray for more than eight months.
"We're trying to get our neighbors down here with their dogs to have a relationship with Jack, they will understand that we love him," said Sharon Deis.
After Jack was caught last week, he was scheduled to be put to sleep because officials at the Montgomery County Resource Center said he was feral and unable to rehabilitated.
"Our medical staff, our animal care control officers, our management team, we've all evaluated this dog. We have not been able to get the dog out of the cage," said Mick Sagester, shelter supervisor with the Montgomery County Resource Center.
Sagester says the center keeps the dog for three days, but their policy is to put the dog to sleep if no one claims ownership. Jack was scheduled to be put to sleep by 3 p.m. Wednesday.
"It's bigger than this, if we don't save this one dog, it's an opportunity for people to think about a no-kill advocacy," said Marcilina Kilby, a supporter.
Neighbors got on the phones and started petitioning. They found an animal rescue center in Michigan willing to take Jack in, but somebody still needed to claim ownership by Wednesday.
Fortunately, Sharon Deis, who has two dogs of her own stepped in.
"Yesterday, I took my two dogs to see him and they allowed us to go back there and as soon as my dog Alie saw him, he jumped on the cage and the dog for the first time looked up and put his ears forward and like 'hi'," said Deis.
It was a silver lining to what could have been a sad day for animal lovers of this community.
"This dog is a special dog, it's touched the hearts of 200-300 people," said Deis.
ABC 22/FOX 45 news will be at the Montgomery County Animal Resource Center at 3 p.m. Thursday when Sharon and someone from "Wild Dog Rescue" in Michigan pick up the dog.
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