TERRE HAUTE, Ind. — For one stray dog, he has had quite the journey. From escaping attempted animal rescue captures, twice, to now being a frequent visitor at an overpass on the East side of Terre Haute, he has never been known to have had an actual residence.
Even if surrounding neighbors have never been able to walk or pet this dog, many call this stray “their dog.”
For over nine years, a group of seven to ten members have collectively worked together to look after this stray. Amongst themselves, they divide daily responsibilities such as setting out food and water.
“Everyday he is fed the best food. Dog food, chicken, meatloaf; you name it, he gets it. He is fed and provided fresh water everyday. He gets straw in his doghouse. We make sure he is very well taken care of every single day, no matter the weather,” said Paula Ellis, who helps feed him.
Ellis, among others, believed providing care while letting this dog remain loose was in everybody’s best interest.
“We were going to try to find a way to take care of him, but he doesn’t want that. He was dumped out here we believe and this has been his home.” Ellis said. “We all feed him and he does very well,”
As more people continued to help out, an area business decided to join their efforts by providing a doghouse at no charge. Both locations receive equal attention.
Attention received may not have been the goal when this effort started, but for Vigo County residents, like Dan Hazzard, it was an impressive community project.
“You know you hear stories of people not taking care of their own dogs. But, let alone a group of seven to 10 people taking care of a dog they don’t have any ties to,” Hazzard said. “It’s really amazing to see,”
This stray dog had recently not been seen in two weeks and Ellis said multiple members were ready to crawl into the overpass to check if he was there. The dog safely returned shortly after.
As cold temperatures settle in this weekend, be sure to bring your pets inside.