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Tireless Effort and Continuing Care Lead to Bright Future for Neglected Dog

At the Humane Rescue Alliance, we’re dedicated to protecting animals and to placing them with caring families. Such was the case with Ronald, who after 20 months in our care, as part of a long-term humane law enforcement case, was adopted in May.

“We knew he was a special dog from the moment we met him,” said Ronald’s adopters, Hannah and Jeff. “Now that he is home we truly cannot imagine a dog that would bring us more joy. Thank you to everyone at HRA who went above and beyond in their care for Ronald.” 

Ronald with adopter

When Ronald was found by HRA Humane Law Enforcement officers in September 2016 he was underweight and smelled of urine, showing signs of chronic neglect in unsanitary living conditions. Ronald, along with three other dogs, found after the execution of a search warrant, were suffering from infected pressure sores and had discolored fur consistent with fecal/urine staining and scald.

Ronald was immediately transported to Dogs and Cats Veterinary Referral and Emergency (DCVR) for treatment, and was given the poorest possible score for body condition from the veterinarian.

In April 2018, after a year-and-a-half-long investigation and court case, Ronald’s previous owner pled guilty to one count of cruelty to animals following an investigation and prosecution by HRA’s Humane Law Enforcement officers.

Ronald with adopter

“This case is a testament to the work of our HLE officers to protect the animals of our city,” said HRA’s Vice President of Field Services Chris Schindler. “It has been a very long road and many people have put a lot of time and effort into this case over the past year and a half.”

If not for the diligent effort of our HLE officers, our partners at DCVR, our animal care and adoption teams, and the HRA behavior staff and volunteers who worked tirelessly to build Ronald’s trust and confidence over the course of many months, Ronald’s future might not be so bright.

Ronald on his adoption day


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