Can you help Dirk the Pit Bull?

(Photo by Banner-News/Ashley Whitelaw)

Dirk, a 7-year old pit bull, was found at the beginning of the year on Ouachita County Road 44 by a Camden woman who rescues animals. When she found the dog, he looked like “fur on a skeleton,” she told our reporter, and in the photo below, you can see how much Dirk’s health has improved. So what’s the problem? He’s a pit bull, and according to local animal activists, it is much more difficult to place pit bulls in adoptive homes because of the breed’s reputation. Here in Magnolia, Animal Control Officer David Cushman tells us the requirements to adopt a pit bull include a ‘Beware of Dog’ sign in the front yard of the adoptive home, a minimum of a 5×10 ft. covered pen with a concrete slab floor and registration with the city. To adopt a pit bull from the Columbia County Animal Protection Society, you have to be at least 21 years old, have a fenced yard, have a reference from a veterinarian and pass a home inspection. According to Ellen Tutt, who rescued Dirk, an application must be filled out in order to give the dog a loving new home. If you’re interested in adopting Dirk, give Tutt a call at (870) 818-0411, or e-mail her at ektutt@sbcglobalnet.

When found on New Year's Eve, Dirk was severely malnourished and dehydrated. His rescuer, Ellen Tutt of Camden, says his eyes were sunken, he had open wounds, his tail bone was exposed and he'd suffered a near shutdown of his kidneys. Dirk has since been treated by a Magnolia veterinarian and is well on his way to recovery, but still needs a loving new home. (Submitted Photo)

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