An open garbage can is one of the few things that a dog finds appealing.
Unfortunately, Coby’s parents got fed up with his garbage digging and decided to put an end to it in late November by dropping him off at the Fairfield County Shelter in South Carolina.
Coby was scared when he was suddenly separated from his family and home, and volunteers couldn’t help but feel terrible for him.
“He is scared out of his mind … almost like a feral dog would be … but not once did he growl, or try to bite,” Samira El-Hage, a shelter volunteer, wrote on Facebook. “He wanted to hide under the raised bed or run away when we got outside. He kept trying to chew the leash and would not look at us.”
“He just stands in that corner facing the wall,” she added.
An open garbage can is one of the few things that entices a dog.
Unfortunately, Coby’s parents got fed up with his rubbish digging and decided to put a stop to it in late November by dumping him off at the Fairfield County Shelter in South Carolina.
Coby was scared to be away from his family and home, and volunteers couldn’t help but feel terrible for him.
El-Hage wasn’t the only one affected by Coby’s situation. Leigh Maddox, founder of Compassion For Cats of Delaware, who lives many states away, couldn’t believe a family would dump their devoted pet for such a little issue.
Maddox told The Dodo, “He grabbed at my heartstrings, and I quickly knew we had to take him [from the shelter].”
Maddox started making plans for Coby’s next foster home in Dover, Delaware, which would be approximately nine hours away. That’s when Pilots N Paws, an organization that flies at-risk shelter dogs to foster homes, stepped in to save the day, landing Coby in the arms of Olivia Fritz, his new foster mom.
But Fritz knew it would be difficult to gain Coby’s trust from the moment the jet touched down. Fritz told The Dodo, “Coby was so snuggled into the seat that it was impossible for my husband to get him out.” “As soon as he stepped off the plane, he fell limp with terror… He was completely locked down and didn’t respond to anything or anyone.”
Unlike Coby’s old family, Fritz is content to come up with creative ways to keep her rubbish in the can. “My own dogs have ALWAYS been garbage diggers, and we as a family have come up with unique methods to help,” Fritz added. “When a household has dogs, they should do this rather than dumping them in a shelter. My heart was broken by the whole story.”
Coby is adjusting to his new life slowly after over a month in his foster family. He still has to be carried in and out of the house since he is afraid to walk outside on his own. But he’s making progress, eating goodies from his foster mother’s fingers, wandering around a little, and gnawing on his bones.
Fritz is willing to work with Coby until he’s ready for adoption, no matter how long it takes him to recover.
Fritz explained, “I assumed if I just held him and kissed him, he’d know he was loved… but it’s way more than that.” “I hope the harm he has sustained can be repaired, but it will not happen overnight.”