There could be no bickering over Pickering! This four-year-old Terrier mix was surrendered to the Blount County Animal Shelter in Tennessee on August 3rd. His owner claimed he was feral and it wasn’t safe to keep him around her five-year-old son because Pickering had been chasing and killing chickens on their farm. She equated that to mean he might chase and hurt her son, even though he had never growled, snapped or tried to bite anyone, including her son. In the end, it was probably best he was at the shelter because it was discovered he had heartworms.

On August 24th, RADAR’s liaison at the shelter, Kristen Baksa, asked us for help with the heartworm treatment costs for Pickering. This would better enable him to get adopted or rescued. Relying on the financial support of our donors, we agreed to help. Pickering had his heartworm treatment on August 29th.

“Pickering obviously isn’t feral,” Kristin told us. “He belly crawled to us when his owner got him out of her car. He was just shy. We had tried to explain to her that it’s instinctive for dogs to chase and kill chickens, but that doesn’t mean a dog will hurt a person, especially since the dog has never even growled! Anyway, he’s a friendly, sweet dog!” To see more photos of Pickering, click here.

RADAR paid $250 towards the heartworm treatment costs for Pickering.

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

If you would like to help us have the ability to help other dogs, please visit our Donations page.

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

Helping Hands for Hearts Fund ($100); Roxanne Stevens; Kimberly Dickey; Priscilla Rothe

If you are interested in adopting Pickering, or represent a rescue interested in pulling Pickering, please contact Kristin Baksa at the Blount County Animal Center.

Added on September 30, 2017.

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