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German shepherd who chased bear away from his family surrendered to shelter

Look how scared Duke is; please help to find this dog a safe home.
Look how scared Duke is; please help to find this dog a safe home.
Urgent Dogs of New York City/ NYC AC&C

UPDATE: Duke has been saved by a rescue organization; will supply more information shortly, but thanks to everyone who has shared this dog's story. Please note there are more German shepherds at New York City Animal Care and Control. Please click here for Missy's story - a seven-year-old terrified dog also in need of immediate help. Please reference A1010061 and call 212.788.4000 for more help in adopting your next best friend.

What a way to repay a loyal four-year-old German shepherd who protected his family by chasing a bear away; his reward - the family surrenders the dog to New York City Animal Care and Control citing allergies as the reason they are signing Duke's death sentence.

Duke is listed as urgent, which now means this beautiful dog can be euthanized at anytime. Please read his story and help. Volunteers are pledging funds for a reputable rescue to help Duke. Please share this dog's story with your friends, family and coworkers. Sharing saves lives; thousands of lives continue to be saved because of the miracles of social media. That one person who you send this message to might be the miracle Duke needs.

On July 30, Duke was turned over to strangers; no one from the family even turned around to say goodbye. Upon turning their dog into the shelter, Duke's "exit interview" stated:

"He chases deer and has chased a bear away from the family...
Duke's owners' favorite things about him are that he's very friendly and likes to cuddle. He likes to sneak under owners' arms while they're sitting and rest his head on their laps, giving them 'hugs.' He loves to be cuddled, kissed, and hugged. Duke is very protective of his family and will growl at strangers if they get close to them. He is wonderful with his family as well as extended family and friends that he sees regularly."

Duke has been listed as a "New Hope" rescue because he did show some behavior issues. Read more by clicking here. According to Duke's family, this dog is house trained and does not have accidents. He knows his commands of 'sit', 'stay', 'calm down', and 'go to the corner'. He is well-behaved, both in and out of the home, and is not destructive, however he is not left alone in the house. When this beautiful dog is off the leash, he comes when called, loves his baths and grooming sessions and is not aggressive when his owners take his food, bones or toys. He's also fine with being held or restrained; he will growl at strangers and again, is protective of his family.

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