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Schnauzers Abandoned at Lakewood Dog Park Find a (Temporary) Home

Lakewood resident takes in two dogs after a man drops them off at the Lakewood Dog Park; Cleveland APL looking for a permanent home.

Two dogs that were abandoned last Friday at the have been rescued.

Lakewood resident Brian Mooney arrived at the park just after a man driving a pickup truck showed up around 7:30 p.m. and dropped off two Schnauzers.

And then drove away.

Mooney said he took the dogs under his care until he could find a permanent home for them. He said he couldn’t keep the animals because he already has two — and four “is just too much.” 

News of the dogs went viral on the Web, via a vast e-mail network of animal adoption advocates.

Mooney said he was “inundated” with inquiries about the dogs — which he said are brothers. 

He decided to take the dogs to the Cleveland chapter of the Animal Protective League, because as it turns out, the man in the pickup truck tried to drop off the dogs there earlier in the day.

But, the shelter wanted the man to follow procedure and bring the dogs in later, Mooney said.

“They would have taken them,” he said, adding that the shelter is investigating the incident. “I think it’s terrible — unfathomable — what this guy did." 

Mooney contacted the Berea Animal Shelter for help, noting that it is a “no kill” shelter. From there, word spread about the incident.

“They are friendly dogs, they are well-behaved,” he said. “You can tell they were sad, but they adjusted really well by Day 3.”

Anyone interested in adopting the dogs is encouraged to call the Cleveland APL at 216-771-4616.

Alanna Faith August 12, 2011 at 05:48 PM
The Friends of Lakewood Dog Park, Inc. are currently working with the Cleveland APL Humane Officers in efforts to prosecute the man responsible for the abandonment of these dogs. Many folks at the Lakewood Dog Park really rallied the evening of August 5th, to help the 2 abandoned dogs. Thanks go out to all the Lakewood Dog Park patrons that assisted in this effort and especially to Brian Mooney for offering his care and time in assuring these adorable canine brothers will find a loving home.
Peter Grossetti August 12, 2011 at 08:25 PM
Thank god these two weren't pitt bulls!! They would have probably eaten all the other dogs; killed all the humans in sight; and then marched down Detroit Avenue wreaking havoc (a la Godzilla). btw ... Brian Monney, in my book, is a hero!
Lynne Schroeder August 12, 2011 at 10:02 PM
LOL Peter, that's so funny! I also agree, Brian is a great guy for taking in these two little guys until they can find a home.
Steve August 13, 2011 at 10:50 PM
Is there a reason why they could not stay at the lakewood shelter, instead shipped off to cleve. apl? Im sure they would have been adopted, just asking. Hats off to Brian ( (:-)

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