On July 16th, Harold, a 12-year-old German Shepherd mix, was “traded-in” by his owners for a puppy at the Edgecombe County Animal Shelter in North Carolina. Yes, you read that right; Harold was traded-in like a used car! However, a 12-year-old car faces far better odds of survival than a 12-year-old dog, especially a black dog, in a high-kill shelter.
Our partners at SPCA Alliance of NC (SPCAANC) came to Harold’s rescue on July 17th. A temporary foster was found, and Harold received his initial vetting. He was loaded with fleas and hookworms, was very thin (but not emaciated), and tested lightly heartworm positive. He had never been neutered. Otherwise, the vet gave Harold a clean bill of health.