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No way to treat a hero

Alfie the German shepherd — deemed a hero in Philadelphia a few years ago when she alerted her owners that their 2-year old son had climbed up on the roof — has been found abandoned, dehydrated and living in the feces-filled basement of an empty house.

Alfie made news 2006 when she barked to alert neighbors and parents about the child on the roof. You can find that account here.

Now she’s been found in the same home — apparently no longer occupied — where she was left to fend for herself.

SPCA officials say neighbors reported hearing barks again from the home. Alfie was found living in the basement with only two bags of food, no water and feces covering the floor. She was 15 pounds underweight and dehydrated, according to CBS 3 in Philadelphia.

“Her skin is a little bit of an issue now. She has been affected by fleas. She’s got some hair loss,” said PSPCA Veterinary Technician Angela Messer.

The SPCA said the home appears to have been unoccupied for over two months. SPCA officials told CBS 3 Alfie’s owner was cited and fined in 2004 for animal cruelty. Alfie was taken away from her owners, but later returned.

The Pennsylvania SPCA first feared Alfie’s behavior would make it difficult to put her up for adoption, but officials said she is warming up. Offers have been pouring in to put the heroic canine up in a welcoming home.

“Medically she’s OK. She’s still a little scared,” said Heather Redfern with the Pennsylvania SPCA. “We’re going to have volunteers and staff work with Alfie to try and get her to a place so that when she is out of protective custody, we can send her to a rescue or someplace that she’ll have an awesome life.”

Update: The Pennsylvania SPCA reports that Alfie is doing well and has been placed with a foster family.


(Photo courtesy of CBS 3)


Comment from Anne-n-Spencer
Time April 1, 2009 at 11:08 pm

Somehow I think the following is very appropriate. We can mentally substitute the word “human” for “man.”

If you pick up a starving dog and make him prosperous, he will not bite you; that is the principal difference between a dog and a man –Mark Twain

Comment from Gil Jawetz
Time April 2, 2009 at 12:12 am

That’s some gratitude for ya, huh?

Comment from bluhawkk
Time April 2, 2009 at 8:46 am

2 video updates on Alfie. 2nd vid says owner wants her back. Says he was taking care of her. Nothing says ‘I love you’ more than feces covered filth.

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