Weeks ago, a beagle-pug mix bit a four-year-old boy in the face, prompting local officials in Orange County to detain the brown-and-white dog. Many say that the animal will be euthanized. But it isn’t that simple.
Rufus, the dog, has gained thousands of supporters through social media. He has a Facebook page, where supporters can pledge moral and financial assistance. Since the page’s creation, the incident has gone beyond the borders of Orange County. It’s now at a global scale.
Teresa Jacobs, the Mayor of Orange County, is taking a close look at the issue. She recently visited Rufus at the shelter and she posted highlights of her visit on Twitter and Facebook.
The Lexus Project is one of Rufus’ biggest supporters. It is a non-profit group that protects animal rights. The project has been fighting against Orange County Animal Services for years now.
The Lexus Project was contacted by Nicole West, Rufus’ owner and the mother of the child that was bitten. West contacted Lexus because she feared that the Orange County Animal Services, which euthanized more than 100 “dangerous dogs” last fiscal year, would put down Rufus. West and her family do not want this to happen.
In addition to the Facebook page, a petition was circulated from change.org and a fund-raising page was created on youcaring.com. Since the creation of these pages: 23,000 have liked Rufus’ page on Facebook, over 100,000 have signed his petition, and his story has raised more than $7,000.
Initially, West said that she could no longer trust Rufus. So she signed him over to animal services. However, she later realized that the dog was only reacting to a stressful situation. West now wants to welcome Rufus back to her home.
What do you think should happen to Rufus?
Source: Orlando Sentinel