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Shelter Dog Rescued Halfway Through Being Euthanized

dog rescued while being euthanizedThanks to one of the most pawmazing last-minute rescues of a shelter dog ever, a former pound pup named Hugo is very lucky to be alive today.

This week Brenda Weber, of Misfit Animal Rescue, a last-chance rescue center for pets in Central Florida, paid a routine visit to Hernando County Animal Services in Brooksville, Fla., with her daughter, Mattie.

They both fell in love with a friendly pooch named Hugo, who appears to be a Pit Bull mix. Even though Hugo had scored highly in behavior tests, he’d been languishing in the shelter for 75 days.

Weber told the shelter staff that she’d be back for the dog, and then she and her daughter walked around the shelter for about 15 minutes.

When they returned to Hugo’s kennel, “all his papers, his dog bowl and HUGO were gone!” Weber wrote on the Misfit Animal Rescue Facebook page. Horrified, she and her daughter realized that the dog was going to be euthanized.

“Tears started flowing and we started running,” Weber wrote. “We ran in the front office and screamed, ‘Where is Hugo, we want Hugo!’”

An employee ran across the shelter, shouting, “Don’t euthanize Hugo!” When she reached the room where he was being put down, Hugo had already been given anesthesia and was unconscious.

The lethal needle was just inches from Hugo’s arm.

“Hugo was standing before the Rainbow Bridge when his life was reinstated,” Weber wrote. “We all sat there crying together, out of breath.”

The lucky dog had to remain at the shelter overnight, until the anesthesia wore off. When Weber and her daughter returned the next day, she wrote, “The kind soul got his new collar and leash on and walked down every cage on his way out, licking and kissing each dog. He got to the end, looked back … Mattie bent over and he gave her a huge Hugo hug!”

Hugo is already loving his furever home. “He plunged in the pool, walked on the trail and crashed in the house,” Weber wrote. “He loves everybody, goats and cats!

“A gentle soul so close to lost!”

PHOTO: Misfit Animal Rescue Facebook Page

Laura Goldman

Laura Goldman is senior social media writer for i Love Dogs, Inc. She does love dogs. And elephants and turtles. Along with writing about the loves of her life, Laura likes to play with her two pound pups and tell anyone who'll listen just how awesome Pit Bulls are.

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JenniferCatrett
JenniferCatrett

This is my aunt and cousins who saved Hugo.. And so many more!! But they can't do it alone!! Not only do they adopt but they are a foster home to prevent euathanizing as many pets as they can.. The shelter in Lake county has many dogs still on the list and more each day adopt or donate to Lake County, FL Animal Shelter or Misfit Animal Rescue, Inc. in Mascotte, Fl which is where Hugo now resides!! You can donate by fl copying/pasting this link into ur address bar: http://www.facebook.com/l.php?u=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.paypal.com%2Fcgi-bin%2Fwebscr%3Fcmd%3D_s-xclick%26hosted_button_id%3DATGQHKTWWHWQN&h=lAQEpFy5n&s=1 To see just how far this family has gone read this article about my cousins meeting to take on city commissioners with regards to their shelter policies: http://www.dailycommercial.com/082312dogs

CeciliaParodi
CeciliaParodi

This should be reported on every news channel to inspire more to adopt or even foster and save a life!

Minjee
Minjee

Amazing close call story! Not Hugo's time to cross the Rainbow Bridge. Viva Hugo!

mlpotter1000
mlpotter1000

Awesome, you were sure meant to have him!!  I love happy endings.

KatharineLoughlin
KatharineLoughlin

Thank you so much for saving him! He was meant to be with you!

LisaPerkins
LisaPerkins

So very glad that Hugo made it out, and thankful for those that saved him!

 

julieconrad
julieconrad

Hugo was very lucky but it shouldn't have had to be. You had already said you wanted him, so where did the mistake come in?! Sounds like that shelter needs to evaluate their processes. Have a great life, Hugo, you deserve it!!

CindyKnowlton
CindyKnowlton

Ernest, I agree with you! This animal holocaust is criminal!! Every animal should be spayed & neutered!! So happy they were able to save 1.....

ErnestDempsey
ErnestDempsey

Great story! Thanks to Weber for being such an angel. And I wish no dog or other animal has to die ever because of this animal holocaust going on. 

lorettah
lorettah

this is so amazing ye were meant to save him for a reason