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Mysterious photo found on dog collar goes viral, as dog still sits on death row

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A dog in a high-kill shelter is now going viral due to a photo in his collar, Fox Carolina reported January 20. As the mystery of the mysterious man in an old photo is the "water fountain" topic of the day, the dog, now known as Soldier, still sits on death row.

Fellow National Dog Examiner reporter Penny Eims covered the story here.

Soldier, known only as ANIMAL ID: 21844639 at Greenville County Animal Care Services, is a 2-year-old pit bull weighing a bit less than 50 pounds. He's healthy and heartworm negative.

Soldier is everything someone looking for a dog would want. He's dog and people friendly as well, so he should fit in well with a family already owning a pet.

Brantley Grogan Harrison, who is a friend of mine, visited with Soldier the morning of January 21 and had this to say about this beautiful dog.

"Soldier is still at the shelter..I got him out(dog walking)this am and he is a sweet dog. I saw the picture and the man is sitting on a rail with his leg propped up. Looks like he is holding a cap in his other hand. Please share this dog for rescue or adopter!!!"

Meanwhile, everyone is so fascinated with the photo that Soldier seems to have fallen into second place, meaning a lot more people are focused on the purpose of the old photo instead of getting this now healthy dog out of the shelter. I say "now healthy" because so many dogs fall ill under shelter conditions.

Forget the antique photo for a second, and concentrate on Soldier. The big question should be whether he's a lost dog or was abandoned. Being healthy, it sounds a lot like he may be lost, and his loved ones may be looking for him.

Hopefully the photo is creating enough of a buzz between social media and the local news stations to where if Soldier is a lost pooch, his owner's will see his photo and come for him. Meanwhile, he desperately needs a loving foster home at the very least, with the ideal being a permanent forever home.

Please contact Greenville County Animal Care Services at petrescue@greenvillecounty.org if you'd like to adopt Soldier. Be sure to give his animal identification number in the subject line. Don't leave a message on the Greenville County Pet Rescue page, because they don't always check social media.

Let's work on getting this boy into a comfortable environment, and take the old photo for what it is: a man sitting on a deck with a crease in his shirt that gave the illusion of a knife.

To stay up to date on Soldier, his Facebook thread is here.

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