After outrage, interest in adopting abused puppy fizzles

Josh Harville jharville@empiretribune.com
Kona is still waiting to be adopted from the Erath County Humane Society where he was taken after he was abused.

A video showing a puppy being beaten by a child sparked outrage in the community and beyond recently, then ushered in a slew of opinions and promises of adoption on Facebook.

But after the puppy was surrendered by its owner to the Erath County Humane Society, no one has stepped up to adopt him.

The puppy’s name is Kona and he is still waiting for a loving home. He is thought to be an anatolian shepherd mix that is about three to four moths old.

“This is probably the most publicity we got on an animal and no one has specifically come to look at him,” Director of the ECHS Diane McCoy said. “We’ve had one application from out of town.”

McCoy said Kona is doing well.

“He’s very healthy and very playful," she said. "He gets along with everything - big dogs, little dogs and people.”

Because Kona is a puppy, he is high energy and loves to play. McCoy said he would do well in a home with children or another dog to play with, and that he’ll need a fenced yard because he likes to run.

“He needs people that know how to handle a puppy,” she said. “He’s a young, rambunctious puppy.”

Kona is one of thousands of reported animals abused in the state of Texas. According to the SPCA of Texas, “The Animal Cruelty Investigations Unit receives an average of 3,000-5,000 calls for help and investigates more than 3,000 animal cruelty cases each year, some resulting in criminal convictions. As a result of these cases, the SPCA of Texas is successful in rescuing over 2,000 animals out of harm’s way every year in multiple Texas counties.”

Currently the ECHS is housing 26 cats and 72 dogs that need permanent homes.

McCoy is optimistic that one day Kona will find his.

“He’ll get his day,” McCoy said, “I’m not worried about him.”