Shelly Smith was visiting a friend in Seneca towards the end of April when she met Earl.
Earl, a gorgeous brown brindled pit bull, was wandering the streets and kept walking in front of Shelly's car so that she had to stop. When she opened the car door, Earl jumped right in like he belonged there.
Shelley then drove around the neighborhood stopping at houses and asking people if they knew who Earl belonged to, but no one did. After working hard to find his owner, Shelly made the hard decision to take him to Oconee County Animal Control. She had no way to keep him herself, and no where else to take him.
Shelly describes Earl as un-neutered, two to three years old, a little thin, very sweet, devoted, and a people-loving dog. She said he wagged his tail and was well-balanced and behaved appropriately with everyone he met, including AC staff. He loves to sit in people's laps, ride in the car, and is comfortable flopping down on someone's porch and just hanging out. He's VERY smart.
Shelly also says that when he saw a cat out in the neighborhood he perked up but did not give chase, and growled at the cats he saw at the shelter. This sounds like Earl has been taught proper cat respect at some time in the past. He did not seem afraid of or aggressive towards other dogs while at the shelter.
Shelly and staff members at OCAS both say that this dog is a great dog, and would make a great pet to the right family. As of right now he needs vetting and altering, and the shelter says he cannot be released to the adoption floor. He comes off of shelter hold on Tuesday, May 6th, and can be euthenized at any time after that. With the influx of puppies and kittens coming into the shelter right now, that could be very soon, as soon as the same day he comes off hold.
If you are interested in adopting or fostering Earl, or would like to donate towards his vetting please contact the Oconee County Animal Shelter at 864-888-0221. Help with transport is available for out of town rescues or adopters.