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Hunter Ditches Dog but Wants Collar Back

Written by Michelle Kretzer | February 25, 2013

Two PETA staffers were delivering straw bedding to cold “outdoor dogs” in rural Virginia when they spotted a thin young beagle dangerously close to the highway. The staffers had barely gotten out of the car when the friendly dog came bounding up to them. He was wearing a collar with a phone number, so the staffers called the owner after first taking the pup back to PETA’s Norfolk headquarters for a much-needed warm bath and good meal.

The man said that he no longer wanted the dog—whom he had never even bothered to name—because, as the saying goes, “That dog don’t hunt.” (It’s not uncommon for hunters simply to abandon unwanted dogs.) But the owner was willing to drive an hour and a half to our headquarters to retrieve the dog’s collar.

PETA staffers knew that the gentle dog with the soulful eyes would make someone an ideal animal companion. Not long after he was vaccinated, neutered, treated for Lyme disease and internal parasites, and put up for adoption, Augie found his perfect forever home with a PETA staffer and his family.

The staffer has a 14-year-old son who is now Augie’s best friend. And Augie comes to work at the PETA office, brightening everyone’s days with his buoyant personality.

As it turned out, the dog who had been cast aside because he wasn’t a good hunter had no trouble sniffing out a lovely new life.

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  • Titi says:

    I just don’t get it he ditches the dog and then decides he wants the collar back, that’s just cold hearted and sad

  • Unusual Dog says:

    Each dog is cute, I do not think there is any problem with the dog, maybe the problem is at the owner. I’m glad to see the little cute beagle found a better family.

  • Maggie says:

    So glad to hear that Augie has a loving home. People who abandon dogs should be fined. If certain communities you can get fined for dumping your rubbish in the wrong place. I believe a bigger fine should be charged to people who do this to animals.

  • manilyn says:

    Thank you, PETA, for the tremendous work you do. I know you don’t get as much praise as you should but I am grateful for your actions for animals with no voice.

  • Joanne says:

    Awwww….such a cute little beagle. Glad he found a better owner and family to love him.

  • Lesley says:

    How very very kind. Thank you all for everything you do

  • Ashley says:

    WONDERFUL!!! I can only imagine the damn specifics of the collar. Also just wondering why can’t this man be prosecuted for abandoning his dog?

  • B says:

    not many people would approach a free roaming animal as the gal in the picture….caring hearts, as hers, are hard to find.

  • Vickie F says:

    Some things happen for a reason. In this case its because this beautiful pup desreved a better home and owner. And because the owner didn’t deserve him.