A Florida animal shelter is continuing its quest to find a loving, forever home for a dog who has been described as “a study in contradictions.” Emerson was found wandering outside of Cocoa in late December – he was emaciated, covered in scars, and injured. Given the nature of his injuries, it is surmised that Emerson was the victim of dog fighting.
The young dog was taken to the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office Animal Services’ Animal Care Center after he received emergency veterinary care for his multitude of injuries. In the time that has followed, Emerson has recuperated from his wounds and he has also been adopted – twice. Unfortunately, both times he has been returned to the shelter for various behavior issues, including “being hard to handle,” and showing “adverse behavior” towards other dogs.
But his care providers haven’t given up hope. As reported in Florida Today, Emerson’s difficult past has resulted in problematic behavior, but he still has a sweet, endearing side – despite the trauma he was subjected to. A write-up on Emerson states:
“At times, he has shown that he is able to play well with other dogs, while at other times he has shown adverse behaviors. Emerson still needs a home that is understanding of his needs and history, and that is willing to consider behavioral training.”
George Shaw, a man who utilizes social media to help promote dogs for adoption, had this to say about Emerson, “Emerson is a study in contradictions. He did not get the scarring on his face, head, shoulders, body and legs at a church bake sale. But … he is an extremely affectionate dog despite the pain and injury that has been inflicted upon him.”
Emerson’s life hasn’t been easy – and finding him a perfect, loving home is proving to be a daunting task. But the time and effort is worth it – Emerson deserves to know that life can be good.
For more information about this dog, call:
Brevard County Animal Services – South Animal Care Center at (321) 633-2024
Ask for information about animal ID number A745775
(Images via Brevard County, FL – South Animal Care and Adoption Center Facebook page)
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