Contra Costa Animal Services received a phone call about a dog abandoned at an empty house. Officer Tony Oliver went to the animal’s location, and he was surprised to see the pup’s horrible condition.
Officer Oliver was upset because the dog named Rocko had a horrible skin reaction to the filthy environment where he was abandoned. Rocko was defensive of his body because any human or physical contact is too painful for him.
This dog couldn't stand to be touched — now he LOVES to cuddle and is looking for someone to snuggle with forever!
Posted by The Dodo on Monday, November 4, 2019
Officer Oliver used a slip leash on Rocko, and Rocko immediately panicked as soon as he was caught. Officer Oliver understood why Rocko became aggressive, so he reassured the frightened dog that everything would be alright.
Officer Oliver managed to take a good look at Rocko and saw that the poor dog needed urgent medical attention. Officer Oliver drove straight to the shelter clinic to have Rocko examined.
The shelter workers recalled that Rocko became subdued and timid as soon as he arrived in the shelter. Rocko looked around the pound with his big, puppy eyes, as if trying to assess how safe his new environment was.
Alyssa Vincent, the shelter’s behavior specialist, shared that they gave Rocko a medicated bath as soon as he arrived. Alyssa said that they also provided some antibiotics and anti-inflammatories to address his horrible skin issues.
Alyssa said that the medicines they gave Rocko must have made an enormous difference because Rocko eventually wanted physical contact. Rocko’s personality also started to show, and he became bubblier than the first time they met him.
Alyssa admitted that she could not believe that Rocko was a welcoming dog who always wanted to be touched. Rocko also likes playing fetch and loves exercising.
Alyssa hopes that whoever adopts Rocko wants a cool solo sidekick like Rocko because he is the perfect adventure buddy. Alyssa said that Rocko would thrive in a home where he is the only dog and someone who would spend time just hanging out.
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