Puppy returns to South Bend house from St. Joseph River, Humane Modern society
Ramona Cruz interacts with Pinto, her family’s dog that was recently recovered from a steep riverbank after getting loose, on Friday outside their home in South Bend.

SOUTH BEND — When he escaped through a gap in his yard’s fence, Pinto somehow slipped out of the nice, leather-based collar that his family members experienced purchased him, labeled “Pinto el Vago” — which is Spanish for “Pinto the Vagabond.” 

That inscription was prophetic. The fairly black, brown and white puppy would at some point make his way five miles north to a bank of the St. Joseph River, wherever volunteers and firefighters would rescue him by boat. 

But, Ramona Cruz explained, in the approximately a few many years because they’d bought him from an Amish household, he’s in no way operate off. Then once again, it also was the to start with time they’d experienced a gap in the fence. Cruz, her partner and three young ones, ages 8 to 30, called him “el Vago” because he’d continually roam the yard. 

Pinto's back home now after living along the St. Joseph River for more than a week, before being rescued by volunteers and Clay Fire Territory firefighters with the department's rescue boat.

“He just hardly ever stopped,” she mentioned. 

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Johnson County animal shelters wrestle to cope with surge in ‘pandemic pet’ returns

Neighborhood animal rescue groups say they are going through an inflow of “pandemic pet” returns alongside with a unexpected fall in adoptions as the earth starts to return to normal.

The Shawnee Mission Submit talked to Melissa’s 2nd Prospects in Shawnee, Pawsitive Tails Doggy Rescue in Olathe, and The Rescue Venture, a foster-centered method covering the Kansas Metropolis metro space.

All three rescue teams expert a spectacular increase very last year in pet adoptions, a trend viewed throughout the nation as persons caught at household through the early months of the pandemic rushed to uncover animals to maintain them business or break the monotony of keep-at-property orders.

Now, these exact same groups are viewing the reverse effects.

As households re-build some of their pre-pandemic routines and individuals return to in-individual do the job, pets are becoming returned at alarming rates.

“None of the rescue [shelters] can even attempt to

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