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Meet The Lion King - Stray Dog Rescued After 3 Years On The Streets

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LKBlogHUA managers John and Julie arrived at Hearts United for Animals late yesterday afternoon with The Lion King. He has been homeless in a disadvantaged part of north Omaha (just north of 20th and Lake) for an estimate of three years. An HUA Director was alerted to the situation on December 10th. Local animal control had reportedly been trying to capture him for three years.  The dog, sweet but very afraid, only had the courage to approach children. Unfortunately, this summer those children thought it would be funny to dump green paint on him. He forgave them. He often walked with them to school, keeping them company at the bus stop, but no adult could get close enough to touch him.

Kind neighbors, who nicknamed him The Lion King, reported

that his collar was grown into his neck. It may have been at one time, but yesterday, when he was finally captured, it hung very loose.  Although neighbors had been setting food out for him, he was burning calories trying to keep warm faster than he could eat.

He had been frequently sleeping under an abandoned house.  An HUA Director helped set a trap there when we heard of his plight. We canvased the neighborhood talking to neighbors and offering rewards. Yesterday was The Lion King's lucky day. He wandered into an enclosed porch of a home where he frequently visited the husky in their yard. They had left the door open for him hoping he would come in to get a drink as all of the water set outside for him is now frozen solid. They were able to go around the side of the house when they saw him and quickly close the door. He fell into a heap when he was first touched, very relieved and very grateful. John spent some time getting to know him on the porch and was then able to carry him to the van for the ride back to HUA.


LKWeb2It is too soon to know what his needs are, but obviously they will be extensive. It will take several days of earning his trust to be able to groom him and find out all of his medical needs. He did not appear to have any severe wounds. His paw pads are ok but nails are down to the nub from wearing on the pavement. He had a first treatment for fleas and other parasites last night. Right now his main needs are to eat, drink and rest. He is dehydrated from his water sources being frozen but we are hoping he can drink enough to rehydrate so that he doesn't have to be traumatized by the process of sub-q fluids.  We will need to take things slowly with this precious boy.


When he arrived back at HUA last night he had a big meal, took a big drink and had a big nap.  When he woke up he gave John a few tail wags to say Thank You.


If you would like to donate for The Lion King's care please click below and write "for The Lion King" in the comments on the donation form.  If you prefer Paypal it is accepted on our Razoo donation page at www.razoo.com/hua



Please check our Facebook page for more updates on The Lion King as we get to know him better and to see video highlights of the rescue.  If you have already donated, we send our sincere thanks and ask that you share this story to help this dear boy in his recovery.

All donations made before midnight on December 31st will be tax deductible for 2015.  If you prefer to donate by phone you can give us a call at 402-274-3679 or 402-616-5002. 


We extend our heartfelt gratitude for your generous contributions that make these ever so important missions of mercy possible.