Local celebrity dog is continuing to recover after allegedly being left to starve in a Harrison County home.
Before all is said and done, Harley, the name given to a dog being held by the Harrison County Animal Shelter due to a cruelty case, could end up being given the keys to the city.
“I would say the list has grown to around 75 people that are in line to adopt that dog,” said animal control officer Alan Fryman. “I have never seen a community react to something like this the way they have.”
The border collie mix was taken late September from 203 W. Penn St., which had been the residence of Donna and Edward Golden.
According to animal control officers, the dog weighed in at just 33 pounds during its first visit to the vet.
The 33 pounds is about 30 pounds under what veterinarians said he should weigh.
“I took the dog on Oct. 11, to the vet and he weighed in at 51 pounds,” said Fryman. “He is really coming around and it looks like we are going to be able to place him in a home once he has fully recovered and the case is over.”
Fryman said cruelty charges are still pending against the Goldens for allegedly abandoning the animal after they moved from their rental home.
“The sick part of this is this is the second time this animal has had to go through something like this,” said Fryman.
Fryman said Harley has become such a public figure that he will be making a guest appearance at Tractor Supply on Saturday, Oct. 20., where he will help scope out potential families for adoptable pets at the animal shelter.
“Harley cannot be adopted at this point due to the open case,’ said Fryman. “However, you can guarantee that as soon as it is all over, he will go to a home that will ensure his well-being for as long as he lives.”