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HUMANE SHELTER: Numerous happy endings outweigh unpleasant necessities

April 11, 2013

Linda Hoskins, of South Whitley, receives affection from her 1-year-old dog, Gus. Gus was a dog adopted from the Whitley County Humane Shelter and is one of many success stories to come from the society’s initiative. Post & Mail photo / Linda Hoskins

COLUMBIA CITY — Even though the situation surrounding the dog-fighting animals ended tragically, the shelter has a long list of success stories.

Linda Hoskins, of South Whitley, adopted Shadow from the shelter. Shadow, who was renamed Gus, is a 1-year-old lab mix that has some pit bull in him.

However, the concern over what is sometimes stereotyped as an aggressive breed did not deter Hoskins from giving Gus a home.

“I guess the older I get, the softer my heart,” Hoskins said. “We wanted to rescue an animal from our local shelter to make a difference in a pet’s life and return unconditional love.”

Hoskins brought Gus home to Autumn, a 6-year-old lab.

“The two are inseparable now,” Hoskins said. “Once they got use to each other, they are two pals.”

Shelter pets can come with some questionable history, but Hoskins said she knew going in that there might be some concerns in the dogs behavior, but love and attention could turn the situation around.

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