Owners Dump ‘Too Mean’ Dog At The Shelter Before Workers Quickly See Through Their Lies

There are a number of reasons why pet owners might surrender their dog to an animal shelter. While many people cite issues that aren’t so easily solved, like an unforeseen financial strain, others give problems that can be fixed if given the chance.
For example, experts say that three percent of people surrendering their dogs to shelters claim biting as the chief reason. In truth, aggressiveness is a trait that is taught, not one an animal is born with, which means many of these biting incidents could likely be avoided if the proper training had been used. Regardless, people who want to get rid of their animal will find a way to do it, whether their reasons are legitimate or not…
Quarter, a five-year-old chihuahua mix, had a reputation with his owner for being a “mean” dog when he was surrendered to an animal shelter in Los Angeles. When caretakers began to look after him, however, they were utterly shocked at his behavior…
When Quarter, a five-year-old chihuahua mix, was surrendered to a Los Angeles animal shelter, the staff there was skeptical. His previous owner had assured them that he was an aggressive dog and they cited biting as an issue.
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“Shelter staff are kind of on guard when they work with aggressive dogs on intake,” Traci Jean Gallegos-Schuver, Little Diva Rescue foster and transport coordinator, said in an interview. “When they were trying to process him, he allegedly nipped one of the shelter staff.”
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As a result of this biting, Quarter had to be placed in quarantine at the shelter, which meant that he would have very little interaction with any humans while he was there. In addition, being separated from the other animals would make it harder for him to be granted leave to another rescue.
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Quarter received good news after three weeks at the shelter: Little Diva Rescue was going to take him in. He was immediately brought to the veterinarian and even received a brand new name—Teddy.
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Traci brought Teddy to stay with her at her own home. She immediately noted that he was not aggressive at all, as his behavior had been described. “He was a little fearful, but not once did he show any signs of aggression. Nothing,” she mentioned, a sentiment that the veterinarian agreed with.
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Then, while Traci was fostering him, she had to go out one night and leave Teddy with a friend. While she knew that he wasn’t an aggressive animal, she was still concerned that he might become nervous and act up while she was away.
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Much to her delight, Traci’s friend reported that Teddy was not aggressive at all! The fact of the matter was that, like almost all dogs, Teddy simply wanted to be loved by a caring family.
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It wasn’t long before people started to look at Teddy in a new light. Everyone agreed that describing him as “aggressive” couldn’t have been farther from the truth. It was clear that he was a much friendlier dog who just needed to come out of his shell.
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Not long after, Traci received a call from a couple in Richmond, Virginia, who was interested in adopting Teddy. He was then flown from California to Virginia, where he arrived to his forever home. The couple noted that he warmed up to them almost immediately.
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This is a great reminder that giving animals a chance is always a better choice than giving up on them at the first signs of an issue. There’s always somebody out there who could use a furry friend!

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