Abused dog finds new Raleigh home in just hours

Posted July 24, 2016 8:28 a.m. EDT
Updated July 24, 2016 8:34 a.m. EDT

— An abused dog brought to the Wake County Animal Center Saturday was adopted just hours later.

"One of our shelter volunteers saw this dog running along Beacon Lake Road by the animal center Saturday morning with its leash still on," said Jennifer Lynn Federico, Animal Services Director at the Wake County Animal Center. "She picked up the dog and brought it to the shelter."

An onlooker told shelter workers that she had seen someone push the dog out of their moving car. Unfortunately, she didn't get the driver's license plate.

Despite her abuse, the dog, which shelter staff named Pikachu, was in the right place at the right time. Lines of potential adopters were already flooding the Wake County Animal Center for Clear the Shelters, a nationwide pet adoption event, by the time Pikachu was settled in her cage.

"She was immediately put through our intake procedure and put on our adoption floor," said Federico. Within hours, an adoption was pending for Pikachu.

"Since we have to consider Pikachu a stray, we have to wait a few days before we can finalize her adoption, but she will be going home soon with her new family," said Ferdrico.

Pikachu was one of 900 animals adopted locally and 40,000 adopted nationwide Saturday during the Clear the Shelters free adoption event.