UPDATE: Harrison or Harry, as he is now called by his new humans Stephanie and Greg, has been rescued. These wonderful animal lovers drove four hours to rescue this boy, have paid a huge veterinarian bill and are already in love with him. The family cat isn't "wild about Harry" but who can tell?
Poor Harry has had some nasty calcification in his ears, but look at him now!
Live a long, happy life Harry!
The staff at San Bernardino City Animal Shelter have named this brown and white Mastiff mix Harrison; an eight-year-old gentle giant stray who has been so neglected his eyes barely reflect any spark of interest as volunteers gently speak to him as he lies shaking behind the bars of his kennel.
When a volunteer offered Harrison a blanket, the dog cuddled in it as if mesmerized by its softness and comfort.
Since April 17, Harrison has been at the San Bernardino City Shelter, and his exit date is scheduled for April 24. Will he ever see the light of day after that?
Sadly, Harrison suffers from a painful ear infection; volunteers are insisting he be treated by a veterinarian. Too many dogs are euthanized for minor health issues that early medical intervention would have easily helped these dogs and enabled them to find new homes for a well-deserved second chance at life.
Cari, a volunteer at the shelter met Harrison and immediately felt a connection. She states:
"This boy tugged so extremely hard on my heart today. He is the epitome of the term "gentle giant". He's huge, possibly at least 80 lbs. and has just been so neglected and looks so forlorn. There is a small glimmer of spark in his eyes just begging for that special person to save him. He needs to be spoiled and cleaned up and will be one amazing boy. Never once barked at Bridget (another shelter dog) that I had out."
A Facebook thread detailing Harrison's plight and the animal advocates trying to rescue him can be followed by clicking here.
Another thread has been helping Harrison also. Please click here for SBC Shelter Pups.
For more information about rescuing or adopting a new four-legged friend:
San Bernardino City Animal Control at (909) 384-1304
Ask for information about animal ID number A464009
with Debra Ainsworth at San Bernardino City Shelter - Phone: 909-384-1304, Address: 333 Chandler Pl., San Bernardino, CA 92408.
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