With his prominent ears, Horton was named after the Dr. Seuss character, Horton the Elephant in the book “Horton Hears a Who!” On June 15th this approximately two to three-year-old Bully Breed mix arrived at the Duplin County Animal Shelter in North Carolina. While we don’t know how Horton ended up in the shelter, we do know that his life up to this point had not been very good. From his injuries, wounds and scars, it appeared that he had been used as a bait dog for dog fights. Yet despite this, Horton was as sweet as could be and got along fine with other dogs. Instead of facing death in a dog fight, he now faced the fight for his life in this rural overcrowded high-kill shelter.

On June 19th, Duplin animal advocate and RADAR liaison for the shelter, Gretchen Kozen, asked for our help with Horton (who was known as Ladder at the shelter). We provided an offer to assist with his vetting costs as an incentive for a rescue to take him. On June 25th, Adoption First Animal Rescue in North Carolina agreed to take Horton! He had his initial vetting and neutering done on July 16th.

The rescue shared this with us about Horton: “He came to us full of energy and ready to play with all the dogs, but he was pretty reserved with people. He seemed a little stiff, likely from his previous injuries. He has turned into the perfect dog. He’s so sweet and loves to cuddle with the kids or the dogs, and he is always ready to play. He has gotten to be pretty great on a leash. He is so eager to please and amazingly smart. He is scared of the weirdest things, like a bug light outside; when it goes off he goes crazy! This poor guy needs lots of attention and love. He does love puppies, and he is acting as the daddy figure to some of our other puppies. He is bound to make a family incredibly happy because having him with us has been a joy!” Click here to view more photos of Horton.

RADAR paid all of Horton’s initial vetting and neutering costs, which totaled $117.

UPDATE! All funds for Horton have been raised! Thank you!

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UPDATE! Horton has been adopted!

Thank you to the following contributors, who have given specifically to Horton:

Sunburst Foundation of Wilmington Canine Rescue, in honor of sweet Spuds; Raul Rodriguez; Joanne Last; Margaret Freeman; Emily Ward; Kathy O’Connor

Added on August 23, 2015.

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