Dog of possible deployed military member abandoned at Florida shelter by caretaker

Posted at 8:43 AM, Jun 27, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-27 11:45:25-04

HERNANDO COUNTY, Fla. -- A mystery surrounds a dog named Wade that was dropped off at Hernando County, Florida, Animal Services and possibly belongs to a deployed service member.

"Wade was brought in by a person who said they found him as a stray," said James Terry, director of Hernando County Animal Services.

But they learned his story was not true.

Staff found a microchip on the one-year-old mastiff mix. But they were not able to contact the owner.

Eventually, they were able to contact someone who told them that the man who dropped Wade off was supposed to watch him for a deployed service member.

"He pretty much dumped him and gave a false story," said Terry.

But contacting Wade’s owner has been difficult.

"The people we talked to on the phone really wouldn’t cooperate and confirm who they were," said Terry. "We’ve reached out to the Red Cross and other means to try to reach him. I don’t know why we can’t accomplish that. It might be because of the deployment."

Now, Wade is the property of Hernando County and although, the shelter says their adoption rate is 95 percent, they say sometimes they do have to euthanize for space.

Which is why Wade needs a home soon.

"If people would come in with the real story from the beginning then we could try to help them," said Terry.

Because the county doesn't know when Wade’s owner is coming home, or if that story is even true, they have put Wade up for adoption.

Staff says he would do best in a home where he’s the only animal.

"He’s playful and doesn’t realize how big he is. He needs someone who’s got space for him to run and play." said volunteer Joe Destro.

For information on how to adopt Wade, call Hernando County Animal Services at 352-796-5062 or visit their website< /span> .