The Herald, Sharon, Pa.

September 4, 2013

Harry gets doggone Lucky

By Tom Davidson
Herald Staff Writer

FARRELL — The homeless dog that residents along Fruit Avenue in Farrell complained to city council about last month was caught Saturday.

The dog, a pit bull/Lab mix, had been named "Harry" by workers at the Shenango Valley Animal Shelter, but the dog was re-named "Lucky" Tuesday after workers confirmed  "he" was actually a "she."

"Call her 'Lucky' for making it homeless in the city of Farrell for the year," City Manager Michael Ceci said as he fed the dog some biscuits Tuesday at the shelter.

She was trapped Saturday by the shelter at the urging of city officials.

Fruit Avenue resident Keith Austin Sr. and a few other residents complained about the dog, which was seen most days laying in the shade of a pine tree across the street from the former Greater Mount Zion Church of God in Christ.

The dog's owners apparently moved out of town, leaving it to fend for itself, and it appears to have been faring as well as it could, eating food from outside pet dishes in the area and seeking shelter in vacant homes.

She's in "pretty good" shape for being on her own for a year, one of the shelter's kennel attendants, Tara Becher, said.

"She seems kind of sweet. She let me pet her and stuff," Becher said. "I think she just needs time to re-adjust."

Ceci told the shelter to get the dog checked by a vet and to bill the city, because heÕd like to see her find a home.

"She just needs a second chance," Ceci said.

He was gratified at being able to resolve the problem for residents in the neighborhood who were concerned the dog would bite someone.

"Lucky" appears to be meek and gets along with other dogs at the shelter, Becher said.

She appears to be at least 2 years old, but less that 4, Becher said.

For information about how to adopt "Lucky" call the Shelter at 724-342-5834.