Adopting a dog or a cat has never been easier, thanks to social media. Just ask Syndy Bennett of Lakeshore, Ontario. One look at a post on Nitro Foundation HB 70’s Facebook page of Bo, the dog that had been shot with an arrow in Mansfield, and Syndy knew she wanted him.
Syndy made the four hour drive from her home in Canada to Ohio to pick up the two-year-old German Shepherd mix. See his “Freedom Ride” photos above. According to Syndy,
He was good in the car. It wasn’t a problem taking him back across the border. Richland shelter got all of his shots and the health certificate needed for across the border.
Bo could not have found a better owner and caretaker. Bo had been shot in the chest, and is probably alive only because the arrow missed his vital organs. Before becoming a groomer, Syndy studied to be a vet tech, so she’s been able to take care of him. Syndy says his wound is healing well, although there is scar tissue in the hole in his breastbone where the arrow penetrated.
Adopting over the miles turned out to be easier than Syndy imagined. She states:
The shelter was nice, and polite on the phone. You can tell they want to help the dogs.
The Richland County Dog Shelter adopts out of the area, however potential adopters are screened and the shelter watches for “red flags.” They also perform a background check, reference check and veterinarian check.
Bo went from being homeless and begging for scraps to living in a loving home on half an acre of land with a fenced-in yard. And now he has two new playmates, a 15-year old Rottweiler and a 10-year-old Golden Retriever/Husky mix.
The once-shy dog is now loving and trusting. His photos show how gorgeous he is, too. Syndy states that he likes to cuddle and rest his head on her lap. She brings him to work at the groomers shop, where he hangs out with his “furbrother” Edge.
Bo already knows how to sit and is a very good listener according to Syndy. No wonder. Syndy has a very good story to tell him.
The person or persons responsible for shooting Bo have not yet been caught and this case is still under investigation. If you have any information, please contact Richland County Dog Warden Dave Jordan at 419-774-5892.
The original Examiner article on Bo can be found here.
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