By Gary Brock
Imagine living your entire life with a tight collar around your neck and a heavy chain confining you 24 hours a day.
That is the life “Rocky” has led for his entire four years.
But the four-year-old German Shepherd mix dog in Adams County may have a better future ahead.
Adams County Humane Society Board member Jessica Huxmann told The People’s Defender Tuesday there may be hope for this abused dog.
She said as soon as the weather allows and the icy roads clear, she and volunteers will get a vehicle to where the dog is located on Brummer Road, and take it to safety.
A few days ago, when Huxmann learned that the dog was outside in the cold on a large logging chain and this had been his life since almost birth, she emailed everyone she knew and put on the “social network” a photo of “Rocky” and told his story.
Here is what she said:
”(On Monday) German Shepherd mix dog named Rocky spent yet another day of his life at the end of a thick logging chain in Adams County, Ohio. Rocky’s owner was evicted from the property due to neglecting the care of the buildings and taking advantage of the property owner’s utilities, running up huge bills that will most likely never be repaid.
“The landowner has, for a long time, been providing supplemental food to the animals because their owner had a habit of disappearing for days at a time, leaving his pets (a cat, Rocky, and a horse) with little or nothing to eat. Upon being evicted, the owner decided to leave his three animals behind. Homes have been found for the cat and the horse, but Rocky remains chained on the property.
“Any help finding Rocky a safe, healthy home would be greatly appreciated (especially by Rocky himself!). If you are unable to help, please at least send Rocky’s story on to others. This sweet boy is supposedly going blind and deserves a better life than he currently has. His dream is to be free”
And find help she did. In fact, the help was almost overwhelming in less than 24 hours.
“We have a great network of people here in Adams County. I received a lot of responses to the call for help for Rocky,” she said.
The good news is that the Columbus pet rescue organization “Cause for Paws” contacted her and agreed to board, vaccinate and neuter Rocky. She said the group also will evaluate Rocky for his temperament to see what kind of home will be best for him. At that point he will be eligible for adoption.
“He has been on a chain his whole life. No one knows how well he will do with other pets, cats, children…” Huxmann said. She said the dog, from what she has been told, is very starving for affection.
In addition to the Cause for Paws group, she said she also heard from The Blind Dog Rescue Alliance group - it is believed that Rocky is losing his eyesight - and a group called “Justice for Justin”, a dog rescue group specializing in rescued chained dogs.
Huxmann said that the elderly landowner is caring for the dog as best she can until they are able to get a vehicle to the house, hopefully on Wednesday, today, or Thursday at the latest when the weather and roads improve. She added that an anonymous Adams Count business had donated to the organization a van that they can use. They will then drive Rocky to Columbus where she hopes he will begin a fresh start and the beginning of a new, happier life.
Gary Brock can be reached at 937-382-2574 or by Twitter at @GBrock4