Have you heard it takes a village to raise a child? Well, it often takes many folks from a community to save a dog. Early this month someone saw a dog in trouble and they didn't just walk away. The dog's owner was roughing up the dog and calling it training. An animal-loving person saw what was happening and stepped in to stop the owner from harming the dog.
County Animal Care and Control officers were able to take custody of the dog, now named Warren, and get him to the safety of the Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter. The first few days were difficult and confusing to this young-adult dog. He soon learned that he would be fed and cared for, and that volunteers would take him for walks and bring toys for him to play with.
Warren is a 7-month-old, white and tan pit bull mix, with a big brain ready to learn all about being the best dog he can be. He will be a real treasure of a canine companion to someone who understands how smart and eager Warren is and who will invest the time in training and learning with him. One of our shelter volunteers says of him, "Awesome ... smart, responsive, attentive, handsome!" We think she got that just right!
He is a bundle of happy energy, just looking for the right direction. Warren has an athlete's build and a young explorer's mind -- quick and bright through and through. He is still a goofy teenager in some ways and has a ways to go yet to mature into a fine canine
The Santa Cruz shelter, 2200 Seventh Ave., is open noon to 7 p.m. Tuesday-Friday and noon to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The Watsonville shelter, 580 Airport Blvd., is open 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday and closed noon to 1 p.m. for lunch. Call 454-7303, ext. 0, for more information.