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Owner surrenders 14-year-old German shepherd to Orlando shelter: 'Just go away'

Sheppy had formerly been adopted from the Orange County Animal Center in 2010. Now he's back; too old?
Sheppy had formerly been adopted from the Orange County Animal Center in 2010. Now he's back; too old?Dawn Marie Calo

At the Orange County Shelter in Orlando, Florida a very friendly 14-year-old German shepherd senior wags his tail almost uncontrollably with happiness whenever anyone visits him at Shelter WD31. Sheppy was picked up as a stray on August 26, but his history card still remains on file at the shelter, and this time his family just told him to go away.

Sheppy looks a little rough, but that may be due to his skin condition. Volunteers state this dog is just a "doll." Please help this senior have a great retirement.
Sheppy looks a little rough, but that may be due to his skin condition. Volunteers state this dog is just a "doll." Please help this senior have a great retirement.Dawn Marie Calo

A shelter volunteer tells his most recent tragic story:

"Adopted here in 2010 . Was picked up as a stray. Has a microchip. Called the owner and the owner claimed 'He was taken 6 months ago and doesn’t want him back.' He did not give a name or other info. Dog left in 2010."

Although Sheppy's second family turned their backs on him also, this dog is still full of spirit with an ardent desire to live.

Volunteers have already fallen in love with Sheppy when visited on Thursday. Click here for his Orange County Animal Center listing.

"This guy looks like crap, but I never got a look at his teeth; he could look this bad because of his skin condition? He's a tall boy, but super gentle. Was good on a leash and knew some basic commands. He was alert; not what you'd expect from a 14 year-old dog. He's a really happy boy. He comes to the cage door tail wagging for everybody. Just a really gentle guy but not out of spirit yet! He also doesn't look quite as crappy as he does in his intake photo (although he does look rough)."

Follow the Facebook thread for Sheppy's rescue by clicking here. Please share Sheppy's story, and let's help get him out of the shelter. His "hold" time will be up on September 3. When inquiring about this dog, please refer to A168293:

Orange County Animal Services
2769 Conroy Rd., Orlando, FL. The phone number is (407)836-3111

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