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I recently found a beautiful, sweet-natured brindle and white boxer-pit bull mix. Someone had simply dumped her on Highway 211. I had seen her standing on the shoulder of the road in a driving rain at 9 AM, and when I was returning from Bladenboro at 3 PM, she was still standing there, obviously waiting for whomever dumped her to return. It was a very cold rainy day and once in my truck, I used an old sweatshirt to dry her off while the heat blew directly on her. She moaned softly and nuzzled against my hand as I rubbed her, but at the sound of every car approaching, her ears would perk up and she would rise to see if the person who let her down so badly was returning. Since I already have a dog and cats, I called Columbus County Animal Control, who drove out to the location to meet me. I had heard the horror stories about their shelter, and told Jonathan that if no one claimed the dog and her time was up, please call me and I would take her in or find her a home. He assured me that they now have a volunteer who comes in serveral times a week simply to find homes for abandoned pets. A week later, Jonathan took the time to call me and tell me that the dog who had been adopted by a woman who agreed with my assessment, that the dog was one of the sweetest, nicest dogs ever born. I sincerely believe that the Columbus County Animal Shelter is trying to make things better, and the negative press they received in the past has been a good incentive to place greater importance on the needs of the animals. I know that I was impressed with Jonathan's professionalism and obvious concern for that dog.
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