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Good dog needs good home

Published:   |   Updated: May 16, 2013 at 11:00 AM

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For the last five months, a concrete kennel at Hernando County Animal Services has been Rex’s home.

These days, everyone knows Rex. The first thing you see when you walk in at Hernando County Animal Services is a photo of the young, strong dog, and shelter staff are quick to mention the dog in hopes a good home will come along. County Commissioner Diane Rowden featured a photo of Rex during Tuesday’s meeting.

Dr. Lisa Centonze said Rex is “desperate” for a new home. Rex came in as a stray and heartworm-positive, but has since been successfully treated, though he will require a check-up in the future. As a sponsored animal, Rex has been neutered and received all other necessary veterinarian and preventative care. Rex’s owner will only have to pay for a $10 county license.

Rowden, who met and walked Rex last weekend, said though she didn’t want to typecast his potential owner, she sees Rex as a real “boy’s dog” — perfect for an 11- or 12-year old.

Rowden also said she’ll be featuring a local, adoptable animal at future county commission meetings. She said she got hooked after she helped a dog named Bullet get adopted.

“I’m a real animal lover and been really involved with watching what’s been going on with Animal Services,” Rowden added.

Hernando County Animal Services also has free or reduced adoption events through the end of May. Fees for female cats will be waived in May in honor of Mother’s Day, and adoptions fees for both cats and dogs are waived on Fridays throughout the month. For the specials, new owners do need to pay $10 for the county license.

All cats and dogs adopted from the shelter are spayed/neutered, vaccinated and treated for fleas.

Hernando County Animal Services is located at 19450 Oliver St., Brooksville, FL 34601. Shelter hours are 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays. Call (352) 796-5062.

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