It was a typical mid-summer day in Nebraska. For Animal Control Officers (ACO’s) with the Nebraska Humane Society, July 27, 2011 proved to be another hot, sticky day for a patrol.
Greg was one of the ACO’s working a patrol that day. As he tells it, he was driving his beat that day and spotted out of the corner of his eye, a matted little dog digging through a garbage can. It was much too hot for an animal to be on his own without food or water. Greg and a fellow ACO gave chase.
The little dog ran behind houses, ducking into yards trying to elude the officers. He finally stopped in a yard and started barking. A seasoned officer, Greg could tell by the Shih-Tzu’s stance and behavior that this was his yard. He got a leash around the dog and he began barking in such a high pitch that it sounded like a scream. A woman then angrily poked her head out of the front door and started yelling at the officers. Things quickly turned volatile, with threats being hurled at the officers by the homeowner. The Omaha Police Department had to be called to diffuse the situation.
During the commotion, an officer (ACO or OPD, we are not sure which) noticed a foul odor coming from the home. Officers entered the home. Animal Control Officers found two deceased cats and 13 cats in need of emergency medical care. The homeowner signed ownership of the little Shih-Tzu, named Mojo, and the cats over to the Nebraska Humane Society. Charges are pending against that homeowner.
Mojo was treated for his fleas and got a grooming makeover when he got to the shelter. He is currently being evaluated for a skin condition related to his flea infestation.
All the confiscated cats were medically evaluated as well, and sadly not all could be saved. Others have been treated for fleas and are very skinny. They are being well taken care of at the shelter and some have even been placed for adoption. All this thanks to a little Shih-Tzu named Mojo; Mojo the cat rescuer.
Check out the slide show on the left to see Mojo’s makeover and some of the cats he rescued!
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