As the pit bull mix named Duke lays cradled in the arms of Amber Sorenson, you would never expect that this is the same dog that authorities said had to be subdued with a gun shot to the head during a recent incident. Amazingly, the dog survived.
According to the Times Free Press,
"The shooting of Duke last week in Timber Hills was a direct result of Bradley County having no animal control," said Rachel Veazey, who has been critical of efforts by the Bradley County Commission to privatize animal sheltering services for residents living outside the Cleveland city limits.
The incident began when officers were called to a private Cleveland, TN home to investigate claims that there was a dog that was believed to be aggressive. The responding sheriff deputy says no one answered the door but he did find himself cornered by the pit bull mix which was "growling and snapping."
Duke was hit in between the eyes. Rescuers stepped in to save the dog, placing him in the home of Sorenson for her to foster.
"He's absolutely perfect," says Sorenson who believes the right home is out there somewhere for Duke. "He's been through a traumatic situation."
A contract with a new provider, the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals of Bradley County, took effect March 17, ending a longstanding contract with the Cleveland Animal Shelter to provide animal control services.
The result obviously has not been pretty, and left the sheriffs department handling animal calls that they are not trained or equipped to specifically deal with.
But as the issue continues to be navigated, both the animals and people involved in the situations that arise are losing a valuable service in being well protected.