By Sandy Scarmack
Herald Staff Writer
Animal Advocacy rescuers say a skittish Great Dane, nicknamed Lil, which they had been pursuing for more than a year, finally gave up and allowed herself to be captured on Saturday.
Gerda Widmyer, the organization’s director, said the volunteer group managed to get all five of Lil’s puppies a little more than a week ago, when the dog hid beneath a vacant home on Charles Street in Sharon. The mother escaped and has been on the run, returning occasionally to the home to eat.
A neighbor, who has been feeding her for months and is anxious to adopt her, captured her Saturday evening. Widmyer said he told her he and several family members visiting from Virginia climbed a tree in the backyard and waited more than three hours for the dog to come outside, but she didn’t.
Instead, Widmyer said, the neighbor went inside and crawled into the basement, where the dog stood with her head nose-down in a cement block. “She just gave up, I think. With her puppies gone, she didn’t fight. He said she just stood there when they snared her.”
Weighing about 60 pounds, the dog is in a kennel in Grove City and will see a veterinarian on Wednesday. The neighbor who rescued her will take her home once she is spayed and her health is good, Widmyer said. She has an injury to her back leg where she may have been shot, Widmyer said.
The puppies will be available at an adoption fair Saturday outside Pet Supplies Plus in Hermitage. The adoption fee of $250 will cover the necessary shots and spaying or neutering when the dogs are older, Widmyer said.