Wednesday, September 28, 2011

This Week's Featured Adoptable -- Rocky

Rocky has had a terrifying and tragic start, but has found new life since becoming a part of the CWAC family.

Rocky and two of his canine siblings were taken by animal control officers in California after they were found by police officers at the scene of a horrific crime.  According to police reports, his owner, in a drug-induced rage, tortured and beat his wife and three children with a monkey wrench, killing his 16-year-old son.

Rocky was inside the home with two other pit mixes, Harley and Bonnie.  It was obvious to workers at the San Bernardino shelter that the dogs had also been subjected to some abuse because of scars found on their bodies.  Harley, a puppy, was soon adopted, but Bonnie and Rocky needed more time to heal.  After spending months at a veterinary clinic, Rocky was released and found his way on a transport to Salt Lake City.

Rocky is such a happy, playful boy it's hard to imagine the things he must have seen inside that home.  He has shown us how resilient dogs really are when they are properly cared for and loved.

Rocky may be full-grown, but he's still very much a pup by personality.  He loves to chase, and pounce on tennis balls and is one of the most playful dogs we've ever had at CWAC.  He's gentle and kind with small children, but hasn't been fully tested around cats.  He does have some basic manners, but needs a little more direction when it comes to walking politely on a leash.

Do you have room in your family to help Rocky finish healing?  If you'd like to meet him, contact Cathy at or 801-359-5595 for more information.

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