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Killing for space, young German shepherd must be tagged for rescue today

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Update 4/14/14 2:30 P.M. (PST): Ryder has been rescued by the Greater Houston German Shepherd Rescue!

A young German shepherd, just twelve months of age, was recently surrendered by his family to the animal control in Garland, Texas.

The dog, named "Ryder," is terrified at the facility, but according to an individual who met him, he is sweet and gentle.

He was curled up on the floor when I approached. He lifted his head and was curious. I put a treat through the kennel bars. He stood up, walked over, but would not take it at first. He did stretch and take the treat after only a few minutes. I slid my hand in through the gate bars and he took another treat ever so gently.

The next treat I offered I did not release and he let go of it immediately looking at me to see if it was okay to try again. He was not at all aggressive with food, but quite the opposite

I walked away and came back placing my hand open flat on the kennel. This time he came right up, sniffed, licked gently and looked for more treats.

Ryder is at risk of falling victim to an over-crowded animal control facility - he is "urgent" and must be tagged for rescue today because the facility is killing for space.

If you can help Ryder, please send a tag immediately to rescue@garlandtx.gov. Place Ryder's ID# A188653 in the subject line along with the word tag.

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