Humane society seeks owner of puppy rescued from Rock River

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Gazette staff
Thursday, October 12, 2017

JANESVILLE—The Humane Society of Southern Wisconsin is harnessing social media to try to find the owner of a black puppy that reportedly was thrown into the Rock River on Wednesday.

The male terrier mix was brought in Wednesday afternoon by a man who said he was fishing on the Veterans Memorial Bridge, according to a post on the humane society's Facebook page.

The man told staffers he saw a child of about 10 years old walk the puppy up the bridge, unhook the leash and throw the dog into the river, Brett Frazier, humane society executive director, confirmed in an email.

The man said the dog swam to the riverbank, and he picked it up and brought it to the shelter.

The puppy is black, about 10 months old and was wearing a flea collar, but it had no identification tag or chip, Frazier said.

Staffers posted the puppy's story and a short video of him on Facebook about 5:25 p.m. Wednesday.

As of 7 p.m. Thursday, the post had been shared more than 2,200 times, and the video had been viewed 48,000 times.

The society has contacted the police in case the dog was stolen, Frazier said via email, “but we're really hoping that someone recognizes the dog. That'll be the best way to track down who would have done this.”

Frazier said the story about the puppy being dumped in the river might or might not be true.

“Either way, we've got a homeless dog here in a safe place now, and that's what counts,” he said.

The society has not yet heard from any potential owners, but it has received many offers to adopt the puppy, Frazier said.

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