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    FORT WORTH - Around 23,000 animals end up at the Fort Worth animal shelter each year. While a record number get adopted, many must be put down.

    It looked like that would be the case for a rare bull terrier named "Tugg," who was left for dead. But, not only is he alive, he now has thousands of Facebook friends.

    "He loves to give kisses," said Blake Ovard, with Fort Worth Animal Control, of the bull terrier.

    Tugg was at a Fort Worth dog show Friday, but he wasn't there for show. While many of the participating dogs have pedigrees and pranced for the judges, it was Tugg who has a story that pulls at the heart strings, which is precisely where he got his name.

    "He was wrapped up in a blanket, staked down on the side of the road with a sign that said 'Dog,'" said Ovard of when the dog was found in July overheated, underfed and with scabs covering his body due to mange and infections.

    "The emergency vet said he was too far gone and needed to be put down," Ovard said.

    But, there was something about the rare bull terrier puppy that got to Officer Ovard.

    "His eyes were swollen shut," he said. "He couldn't open his eyes, but when he would hear you at the cage he would come over and visit. He just had that spark; he wanted to live."

    Ovard brought Tugg home and spent much of his modest paycheck to keep him alive.

    "We see the worst of the worst every day," he said. "This is one of the bright lights, one of the positives."

    Now, Tugg is a star and a favorite with school kids and charities. He even has his own Facebook page with more than 4,000 friends following his "pup-dates."

    Ovard can't show Tugg because has no papers like the other pedigree dogs, but that doesn't stop the dog from showing his zeal for life.

    "When you come from that even if you're on death's door, you can be this with just a little love and care," Ovard said.
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    “The man in black fled across the desert, and the gunslinger followed."

    "You go for a man hard enough and fast enough, he don't have time to think about how many's with him; he thinks about himself, and how he might get clear of that wrath that's about to set down on him."

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    Im glad it turned out to be a happy ending for Tugg. I see a lot of neglected, abused, and unwanted pets while on patrol it breaks my heart. I wish I could adopt or help them all but its impossible.

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    • #3
      Please post another pic of him when he is all better. It looks like mange can be painful for the dog. I'm glad he has a new home.

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      • #4
        Several of my fellow south end officers have taken dogs (ghetto elk) home from the hood. Most of the time you'll leave the door of the car open on a stop and the pup helps himself into the car, decide you need a dog and take it home.

        Out of all of them they have either died of some parasite or completly destroyed the officers house.

        My pup was a rescue but I got her from a south LA shelter, she had all sorts of issues, a bad limp and bite wounds from a bigger dog. A few weeks and a few hundred in vet bills later she's 100% fine.
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        • #5
          I see some beautiful animals running around the hood I work sometimes.... others that look so miserable I wish I could at least take home and give a comfortable place to live for a while... too bad I can't...
          “The man in black fled across the desert, and the gunslinger followed."

          "You go for a man hard enough and fast enough, he don't have time to think about how many's with him; he thinks about himself, and how he might get clear of that wrath that's about to set down on him."

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            Originally posted by a Cop Fan View Post
            Please post another pic of him when he is all better. It looks like mange can be painful for the dog. I'm glad he has a new home.
            Pics # 1 & 2 seem to be "all better " photos

            Yes very painful and can be very fatal if not treated. The treatment isn't really expensive , but takes a lot of time to get finished.

            Originally posted by mtxpro752 View Post
            Several of my fellow south end officers have taken dogs (ghetto elk) home from the hood. Most of the time you'll leave the door of the car open on a stop and the pup helps himself into the car, decide you need a dog and take it home.

            Out of all of them they have either died of some parasite or completly destroyed the officers house.

            My pup was a rescue but I got her from a south LA shelter, she had all sorts of issues, a bad limp and bite wounds from a bigger dog. A few weeks and a few hundred in vet bills later she's 100% fine.
            The reason you have had success and they didn't is because at the shelter the dog got treatment for his problems before he was put up for adoption. He had also most likely been temperament tested. Shelters won't adopt dogs that fail temperament testing due to liability concerns ----this included the ones that would tear your house apart . Picking a dog up on the streets is dangerous (especially if you have other pets).



            My wife and I do dog rescue & have for several years. 7 dogs, 2 cats and a parakeet ----all rescued animals.

            About 5 yrs ago the local sheriff asked my wife to be the "dog catcher" for the county. This involves being on call to go pickup strays that are dumped out in the unincorporated areas of the county. She took a break last year but due to the other person being sick---recently started getting calls again. I either help or if she is at her full time job take the call for her.
            Since some people need to be told by notes in crayon .......Don't PM me with without prior permission. If you can't discuss the situation in the open forum ----it must not be that important

            My new word for the day is FOCUS, when someone irritates you tell them to FOCUS

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