At every twist and turn of Tank’s tale, it was touch and go. Tank and his companion canine Tango, who were perhaps even siblings, are three-year-old Mastiff mixes. On May 26th they were surrendered by their owner to the Chester County Animal Care & Control shelter in South Carolina. Behavioral issues with Tank became the focal point of contention in a dispute with a neighbor. Not only did both dogs test heartworm positive, but they were also large. Adding to Tank’s woes were his behavioral issues and a festering inflammation on his left front leg.
On August 28th, shelter animal advocate Emily Ward requested RADAR’s assistance for Tank and Tango. We agreed to provide an offer to assist with their heartworm treatment costs as an incentive for a rescue to take Tank and Tango. On November 10th, the rescue Dog4U in South Carolina pulled Tango. With heavy hearts, the rescue declined to rescue Tank due to concerns about his behavior at the shelter. But when Tank was in queue to be euthanized a week later, the rescue decided to take him, and with only an hour to spare.
Dog4U went to extraordinary lengths (and costs) to help Tank. The dual challenge was to get his leg healed and address his behavioral issues. After repeated vet hospitalizations and treatments, Tank was finally able to bond with the staff and become more comfortable with people. The vet attributed Tank’s nervous attitude and behavioral problems to his severe pain level, separation from Tango and being in the shelter environment for so long. Tank was moved to a wonderful foster home and has made incredible strides there. He is really coming out of his shell. He is learning to play with other dogs and even gives kisses to people! His leg is slowly healing, allowing his heartworm treatment to get underway. To view more photos of Tank, click here.
RADAR paid $250 towards the heartworm treatment costs for Tank.
UPDATE! All funds for Tank have been raised! Thank you!
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UPDATE! Tank has been transferred to Buddy Dog Humane Society in Massachusetts!
UPDATE! Tank has been adopted!
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Added on February 8, 2016.