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Video: Abused Owings Mills Dog is Hot Adoption Pick

The dog thrown from a balcony in Owings Mills Sunday is recovering well and in high-demand for adoption.

More than 40 people want to adopt Louie, the Yorkshire Terrier that survived Sunday, a Baltimore County Animal Shelter assistant said.

"He's a spunky little guy, he feels a lot better and he's very active," said Amy Clark, a kennel assistant at the shelter in Baldwin.

People who want to be considered to adopt the dog are still able to sign up, Clark said.

Louie, who is a little nervous after his abuse, is between 3 and 4-years-old, Clark said. Because of the recent abuse, the shelter is being extremely selective with who it chooses to adopt Louie.

The animal shelter is located at 13800 Manor Road. Visiting hours are from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday through Saturday. Call 410-887-5961 for more information.

Cockeysville Patch editor Nayana Davis contributed to this story.

Adam Thomas January 13, 2012 at 07:25 PM
How do I adopt him?
Alexander Pyles January 13, 2012 at 07:31 PM
I've added a link to the shelter's website, which has some info on adoption: http://www.baltimorecountymd.gov/Agencies/health/petadoption/index.html
Jennifer Shipley Perdue January 13, 2012 at 07:51 PM
What this very short article fails to mention is that Louie's story is not unique. His got media attention, but there are hundreds and thousands of other pets waiting to be adopted - many with similar or worse stories than his. You should never want to adopt a pet because the're famous or because you read their story and feel badly for them. The sad thing is, only one person can get Louie, and many of the 40 people who applied to adopt him won't decide to adopt someone else. One walk through a shelter or a visit to a rescue will show you that there are many lives waiting to be saved, but only some get media attention.
Jennifer January 13, 2012 at 08:03 PM
Thanks!
Alexander Pyles January 13, 2012 at 09:15 PM
A good point, Jennifer. It's one reason why Owings Mills Patch, Reisterstown Patch and some others publish blogs by the Baltimore Humane Society in Reisterstown several times a week. Most of those posts have information about how to adopt animals.
Kathleen Garber January 13, 2012 at 09:48 PM
Thanks for the update Alexander. I was sure happy to read that he is doing O.K.!
Jennifer January 13, 2012 at 09:58 PM
I understand the other Jennifer's point but stories like these can help to bring attention to the places that step in and save animals lives and hopefully educate people on the issues surrounding our abandoned population of pets.
Adam Thomas January 13, 2012 at 11:21 PM
Got this from Animal Control (who has him) "Hello- we have gotten lots of phone calls and Emails about him and at least for now, we have to hold him for the investigation and possibly for his owner, who is not implicated at this point in the incident."
Jennifer January 14, 2012 at 12:59 AM
didn't an unrelated woman rescue the dog?
Leslie Johnston January 17, 2012 at 12:06 AM
I am just so glad that the issue of animal abuse is being addressed and appropriate punishment given. As noted, usually the abuser does not stop with animals, although that is bad enough.
Jennifer January 17, 2012 at 04:48 AM
I wanted to find out what could happen to this bastard in terms of punishment and found this: 2. Maryland In Maryland, any one of the prohibited activities listed in Section 10-604 (which does not require intent) is a misdemeanor and carries a prison sentence of 90 days or less and a fine not to exceed 1,000, or both. More aggravated and intentional cruel acts, such as mutilation, constitute a felony and Maryland courts may sentence an offender for up to three years and a fine not to exceed $5,000, or both. Also, in Maryland, the owner of an animal who suffers death or serious injury can recover civil damages of up to $5,000.
Jennifer April 06, 2012 at 01:32 PM
Where did Louie end up and what happened to the guy who threw him?

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