Once Neglected Dog Placed in Good Home

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Tanner, pictured left, joins his new family. (Courtesy: Portage APL)

Tanner, pictured left, joins his new family. (Courtesy: Portage APL)

Tanner, pictured left, joins his new family. (Courtesy: Portage APL)

RAVENNA, Ohio — A dog that had been recovering at the Portage APL for over six months after suffering terrible neglect knew on Wednesday that everything was going to be all right.

“You could see a spring in Tanner’s step that we’d never seen before. It was like he knew that he had a home and that this was his new family!” said Chalan Lowry, APL Executive Director.

Tanner, the 11-year-old German Shepherd, was adopted by a couple from Mansfield.  His new family includes another elderly dog.

“We all got a little teary-eyed. This is the best part of our work. When an animal in terrible condition recovers, thrives and gets a new start. We couldn’t be happier,” Lowry said.

A humane officer was called to Hiram in August, where Tanner was found with missing hair, scabs, sores and peeling skin. He was emaciated and had a hard time walking.

A lot of time, money and care was invested in his recovery, and now Tanner is stronger and able to live out his life in a loving home.

APL officials said Tanner’s former owner plead no contest to an animal neglect charge and will be sentenced in March.

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