Ben was a bit of an accomplished escape artist. Approximately a year old and a Plott Hound mix, Ben arrived as a stray in early September at the Montgomery County Animal Control shelter in North Carolina. Ben amazed the shelter staff and volunteers with his ability to open his kennel door with his nose! But as the weeks passed, this wonderful young dog who won over the hearts of everyone who met him, found himself in danger of being euthanized at this rural high-kill shelter.
On October 8th, RADAR received an urgent plea to help Ben from the folks with Best Friend Pet Adoption (BFPA) in North Carolina. BFPA was interested in rescuing Ben if they could get some assistance for his vetting costs. The rescue included this in their plea for help: “He is one of the smartest dogs we have ever met, and he so deserves a chance to live. He is so happy and smart! He has been at the shelter for over a month, with only poor quality food and no walks at all. At least the weather hasn’t been too bad yet, as all the dogs are housed outside.” Of course, we agreed to help at once.
My guess is Ben has lived in a home before,” his foster mom told us. “He is well mannered. He is playful with my dogs, but otherwise very calm and gentle. He is so quiet. I haven’t heard him bark yet. Ben is a wonderful family dog. He is so sweet and gentle with the kids and dogs. Everyone loves him!” Click here to view more photos of Ben.
RADAR paid $150 towards Ben’s initial vetting and neutering costs.
UPDATE We have some very sad news to share with you. Ben was hit by a car and killed Friday night, November 7th, just after his adoption was finalized. Somehow, escape artist that he was, Ben found an unknown hole in his adopter’s fenced yard and darted out. He was hit, but he had enough strength to return back to the yard. When his new Mom realized what happened, he was immediately rushed to the emergency vet. He crossed the Rainbow Bridge a few hours later due to severe lung damage and internal bleeding. Rest in peace, Ben.
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Added on November 11, 2014.