Dog breaks into animal shelter

Rudy (left) and the shelter worker who found him curled up with Duke (right).

When employees at the Humane Society of North Texas came to the shelter on the morning of December 3rd they were surprised to find by a break-in. An 8-week-old lab mix had broken into the shelter overnight, found his way into a kennel where he curled up and slept with an 85-pound Great Pyrenees.

Rudy, weighs just less than five pounds, and had been dumped at the shelter the night of December 2nd. He was left tied up outside the shelter. “People don’t want to wait till the office opens so they just leave them,” said Peggy Brown, an employee at the shelter. Rudy managed to chew his way out of his leash, but instead of running off he decided to break into the shelter to be with the other dogs. Part of Rudy’s amazing escape and break-in was caught on surveillance video.

Once inside the shelter Rudy found a 13-month-old Great Pyrenees named Duke and squeezed his way into Duke’s kennel. “It wasn’t like Duke was at the entrance of the kennels,” said Jerry Cook, a board member of the shelter. “He was in the middle of the building so Rudy had to have walked all that way.”

When employees came in the next morning Duke and Rudy were curled up together. “Some employees have been there 15 years or more, and they had never seen or heard of a dog breaking into the Humane Society,” said Cook. Duke and Rudy’s time as kennel mates didn’t last long. Both dogs have since been adopted.


  1. Bob says on  12/12/2012 at 9:33 am

    Poor fellow wanted companionship with his own kind.

  2. Anonymous says on  12/12/2012 at 11:18 am

    Awwww that was a sweet story with a wonderful ending for two babies!!!!!!

  3. weezyljm says on  12/12/2012 at 11:20 am

    Great Story with a happy ending. That is one smart little puppy!Thrilled to hear that they BOTH were adopted(hopefully together?). YEA!!!!!

  4. Anonymous says on  12/13/2012 at 12:00 pm

    Certainly the puppy is better off now than with his former ‘owners’.
    How heartless to tie a puppy up like that! But then with what I read about that goes on in Texas the pup is lucky it wasn’t dumped out in some desert area like so many are. There is a real problem with ‘feral’ dogs in that state and much cruelty to them.
    Glad they are both adopted and I hope both got REAL forever homes.

  5. Anonymous says on  12/20/2012 at 11:37 am

    If this is true why has the video not been posted?

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