Town dog’s capture very likely saved his life

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Blackie, a stray dog, had become known as the town dog in South Charleston, Ohio. He was recently picked up by the Clark County Humane Society and some feared it wasn’t the best for the long time stray. However, the capture probably saved Blackie’s life.

Blackie, who is also known as hobo to many, was caught on January 9th after roaming the streets of South Charleston for almost six years. He had been loved and fed by many in the town. When he was brought to the Clark County Humane Society it was discovered Blackie has some serious health issues. “He had a pretty bad case of heart worm,” said humane society executive director James Straley.

Heart worm can often be fatal to dogs, especially if left untreated. Blackie has to get specialized treatment because of his age to lower any risk of stroke or other heart problems. Once Blackie is healthy again he will enter a training program at the Allen Correctional Institute in Allen County. There prisoners will give Blackie house and obedience training for eight to ten weeks.

There was a lot of emotion with Blackie’s captured as he had become a part of the town. Although many are glad he is getting the medical treatment he deserves they want to make sure Blackie comes home to South Charleston. “We want our dog back,” said resident Karen Goodemote. There is already one South Charleston resident who will potentially adopt Blackie and Straley says he has a waiting list of other potential families from South Charleston for Blackie.

6 thoughts on “Town dog’s capture very likely saved his life”

  1. My question is……..
    Why didn’t all these people that are stepping up to adopt “Blackie” take him in & care for him long before it got to this point??!!!! A monthly Heart Worm & Flea/Teck preventative would have kept Blackie from getting HW in the 1st place!!!!
    I hope those people/residents learned an important lesson for the ned time a Dog starts roaming around their town!!!!

  2. I agree with the previous statement. It is sad and rediculous! No one wanted Blackie – when ‘no one wanted him’. Now that ‘someone wants him’…they all want them. These people that want ‘their’ dog back had 6 years of opportunity to adopt him. I htink another town deserves to have him.

    Look at his face… How can one not be worried about where he was sleeping at night…if he was warm…loved…smh!

    He deserved better than South Charleston. They showed him how they felt about him.

    Sad lot of folks!!

  3. It is possible that no one was able to catch him, which happens frequently with dogs that have spent the majority of their lives as a stray. Let’s reserve judgment before we have all the information.

    • I’ll bet they could have caught him if they made a concerted effort. The Humane Society was able to do so, they could have asked for help but did nothing. This dog was out in all sorts of weather, including the freezing cold winters. He is lucky to be alive at all and not been shot or poisoned.

  4. Apparently Mary’s DO think alike! I was going to say the very same thing 🙂 Glad he’s getting treatment and a home.

  5. Now that he is popular and made the news, everybody wants him! If he was “their dog”, then they should have given “their dog” heartworm preventatives!


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