Hurley, a terrier who seemed to finally have his troubles behind him and appeared headed for adoption in Oregon, is now lost.
After a life on the streets, an uncertain future in a California shelter, a trip to Eugene and reconstructive surgery, the terrier was at his first-ever adoption event when he slipped his collar and disappeared, the Eugene Register-Guard reports.
To make matters worse, Hurley is deaf.
The brown-and-white smooth terrier, was among a handful of rescue dogs hoping to find owners at a June 20 event held at WineStyles in south Eugene.
West Coast Dog & Cat Rescue co-director Jennifer Clark said that, spooked by some balloons, he wriggled out of his collar and took off.
“He’s definitely the perfect storm of lost dogs,” Clark said, noting Hurley, in addition to not being able to hear, is likely a little skittish.
The Register-Guard reports that he has been spotted twice, most recently near the downtown Eugene bus station last Saturday.
Hurley, believed to have been born deaf, was living in a shelter in California, trying to get over a broken paw, when he was removed by a Lane County rescue group and brought to Eugene in March. Bush Animal Hospital provided him with free surgery — a $3,000 operation to fix his leg. He was then housed with a foster family for several months.
“I hope that he’s still out there and safe,” Clark said. “It would be great if somebody found him, fell in love and wanted to give him a home.”
(Photo: West Coast Dog & Cat Rescue)
Posted by John Woestendiek July 3rd, 2009 under Muttsblog.
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