Most dogs would be only too happy to leave a dog shelter, but this pup, left tied up outside all on his own, decided to break in and make himself at home.
A heartwarming story comes from Texas, about an 8-week-old abandoned Labrador-mix puppy, named Rudy, and his new friend, a Great Pyrenees named Duke.
On the evening of December 2nd, someone tied Rudy up and abandoned him, outside the Humane Society of North Texas in Fort Worth.
Peggy Brown, Humane Education and Community Outreach at HSNT, said, “People don’t want to wait till the office opens, so they just leave them.”
However, not to be outdone, Rudy managed to chew himself out of the leash and then broke into the shelter.
Security cameras caught the pup, pacing back and forth in front of the shelter's fence. The footage showed him freeing himself, and then scrambling through the fence into the shelter. It was lucky that Rudy, at a weight of around 5 pounds, was small enough to get through.
Jerry Cook, a board member at the Fort Worth-based shelter said, "Some employees have been there 15 years or more, and they had never seen or heard of a dog breaking into the Humane Society."
Puppy breaks into a dog shelter and befriends Duke.
The next morning, staff found him curled up and sleeping with an inmate, Duke, a 13-month-old Great Pyrenees, recently surrendered to the shelter. They apparently became the best of friends. He had a choice of dogs to move in with, but possibly Duke was a similar color to his lost mother.
"It wasn't like Duke was at the entrance of the kennels," Cook said. "He was in the middle of the building, so Rudy had to have walked all that way."
As puppies are always more easily adopted than adult dogs, Rudy found his new home in less than a week. And the good news is that Duke was adopted soon after that, so it's a happy Christmas ending all around.
It could have been a sadder story, however. Dropping off a pet like Rudy at the shelter after hours, possibly to avoid paying fees for surrendering an animal, is just not a good idea. It was lucky for Rudy that he chose to break into the shelter once he had freed himself. It could have been a different story if he had tried to cross the road and got hit by a car.