His family decided to get a puppy. Instead of slowing introducing the puppy to the resident dog, Rocky, the family just threw them together. Rocky, who had been with the family for four years, did not accept the puppy.
His family gave him no time to adjust. They took Rocky to the shelter and left him there — after four years of his loving their kids and their family. They said he’s great with kids and great with big dogs. Volunteers are worried because even though his video has had over 100,000 views, he is still at the shelter. He has been there for almost two months.
His Facebook post says, “He did amazing on his TEMP TEST and he CAN GO HOME TODAY!” That means that the shelter gave him a temperament test, and Rocky passed with flying colors. He is NOT considered rescue only, but can be adopted directly.
His video shows a calm, sweet dog who is interested in people.
He is a lovely Labrador/pit bull mix, and he’s not yet been neutered. Rocky is ID#A5012182. He is at the Carson Animal Care Center in kennel C342. The address is 216 Victoria Street, Gardena, California. The phone number at the shelter is 310-523-9566. Please check his Facebook post for shelter hours and more information. Current information regarding his status is available on his PetHarbor page.
Please note that I do not work at the shelter. Do not post pledges or offers to adopt in the comments — they will not be seen by the shelter. Contact the shelter directly to help, or visit the Facebook threads for more information. Also, only respectful, profanity-free comments will be approved.
One thought on “Dumped at the shelter when the family got a puppy — Rocky is desperately in need of a home”
Stories like this just make me incredibly ANGRY. If we ever are going to stop the killing in animal shelters, it is because we have stopped people from doing IRRESPONSIBLE acts such as this. These people should NEVER have been allowed to EVER have another dog as a pet. They are not only IRRESPONSIBLE, but they clearly have no understanding of what it means to have a pet as a member of the family. Shelters should NEVER allow people such as this to adopt from their facilities either. But laws prohibiting such behavior may not be the entire answer as well. People often lie about their behavior when it comes to pets and shelters may not always be aware of prior ownerships. And that is a reason why shelters MUST do reference and home checks as well, which could potentially find out about prior pets. But the KEY is educating people on proper pet ownership so they NEVER place animals in positions such as poor ROCKY. Here’s hoping some responsible people come along to welcome him into their loving family.