Just over in Port Orchard a stray pit bull, now known as Rudolph, has captured the heart of Markisa Griffin. This weekend Markisa hopes to get this pouch the help and love that he needs but I was saddened to confirm with Markisa that as of Jan. 12, 2013, Rudolph is still out there and as the nights get colder he is in need of our help. Everyday Markisa’s heart breaks as she thinks about Rudolph and the loving pet that he could be but the residents in her neighborhood want him gone. On Jan. 3, 2013 she wrote a post to a Facebook group that I am a member of that read “I have had so many people promise help but never follow through, he evades the humane society...they even have a live trap up, he is too smart.” Despite their bad wrap, pit bulls are very intelligent and loving animals. I spoke with Markisa on Jan. 12, 2013 and confirmed that her struggle to get this stray the love and assistance that he needs is still not over and she desperately wants to help him. It has been 9 months and she has not given up on him and has tried to get him assistance and support from every agency and dog lover she can find.
On Friday Markisa wrote to an animal group that I am part of saying “I have a great plan set up and am very close to getting him. The problem is that I dont know where to bring him. He needs somewhere with experience rehabilitating stray pits (he has been on his own for 9 months). And somewhere that he CANNOT escape again...someone home most of the time...loving and patient...HELP????” Over the last few months the dog has warmed up to her and it warms the hearts of all dog lovers to see someone fighting so hard to help this dog. The fight to save him though is really heating up and the residents of the neighborhood want the dog caught as they are afraid that he may become aggressive.
Rudolph, as Markisa calls him, has been wandering the streets of the neighborhood for about 9 months now and can often be found sitting in the open grassy area between a nursing home and an apartment complex. Markisa says "I knew he was hungry, so I started feeding him at the same time every day." This seems to be what has helped the dog become used to her being there and trusting her a bit more. Sadly, there is no way of knowing what this poor dog has been through.
Markisa is trying to get a pit bull rescue group to come out this weekend to help capture the dog but what will happen to him then? In the past a group did try to capture the dog by way of a tranquilizer gun but failed. Markisa, and all animal lovers that have been watching her story unfold, fear for this dogs future. She knows that he has the chance to be a good, loving pet. Can you help Markisa find Rudolph help and a loving home? Email her at firstname.lastname@example.org
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