From: Karen Barnes at email@example.com
A1247008 Male (Neutered) Black Doberman Pinscher
05 Years 03 Months
14 Days 2011.09.11
West Valley Animal Care and Control Center
In the first 2 months that "No Name Dobie" was in the shelter, he lost over 17 lbs. That's 20% of his body weight. If you weighed 150 lbs. and lost 20%, that would be 30 lbs in 2 months! He weighed 67 lbs in Nov. and he probably weighs less now. Look at all his protruding bones.
But, "No Name Dobie's" weight loss program is not a healthy one. It's due to misery, frustration, and helplessness. "No Name Dobie" can't stand being caged and he shows it. So, no one stops to say hi - they just think he's nuts. But he's not. It's just that Dobermans are an energetic, determined and people oriented breed and he is getting none of these stimuli in a cage at the shelter. Because of their intelligence, they get easily bored and NND is B-O-R-E-D. Those of us who have seen him in the play yard have seen that he can transform. He relaxes - sniffs - checks out who's been there. The volunteers try to get him out as much as they can. He's easy on a leash and good with other dogs on walks. He meets people well. He pays close attention to those he loves.
The shelter is trying hard to keep weight on him but he burns it so quickly because of his frustration. He just needs out. It is beyond heartbreaking to watch this regal animal wasting away, going crazy when he should be galloping down the beach, wind in his fur, with that racehorse-like Doberman gait. You know what it's like to watch a Dobie run. He could be a healthy, handsome boy again - WITH OUR HELP.
Contact: Stella Sullivan, New Hope Coordinator, West Valley Animal Shelter (818) 756-9325 shelter (213) 305-8981 city cell (818)756-9111 fax Days off Friday and Saturday firstname.lastname@example.org
(Take me to the dog beach, please)