NOVATO, August 15, 2016—A sweet but shy dog is learning to trust people again after being abandoned in a small, dirty carrier left by a dumpster in Mill Valley.

Ruth&Dog-500pxA security guard at the Strawberry Village Shopping Center in Mill Valley found the two-year-old poodle mix behind Safeway when she was conducting her rounds. She contacted the Marin Humane Society which dispatched an Animal Services Officer to bring him to the shelter. He had no identification tags, was not microchipped and no one has come forward with any information or to claim him as their own during the “stray hold” period.

“The poor dog was filthy and his hair was incredibly matted. It had grown over his eyes, which were irritated and crusted,” said Marin Humane Society Veterinarian Anne Miller, DVM. “Clearly, he had been neglected for some time. Fortunately, he had no serious injuries and appeared to be in general good health.”

After trying several different types of treats to coax him out of his carrier, the dog finally accepted a small bit of cheese so shelter staff dubbed him “Mozzarella.” While MHS officers investigated his case, Mozzarella was given a much needed bath and grooming by Mill Valley groomers, Doggie Styles, which donates their time and skills to shelter animals.

Mozzarella has quickly become a favorite of several shelter staff who have been showing him the love and affection he failed to receive in his prior home. He will be neutered and vaccinated this week and then become available for adoption. Those interested in adopting him can call 415-506-6225.

The Marin Humane Society reminds pet guardians to contact the shelter if they can no longer care for their animal.  Abandonment is against the law and puts the animal’s life in danger – from getting hit by a car or from becoming lost. MHS can offer assistance with behavior problems, spaying or neutering and we can take in animals when people can no longer keep the animal as part of the family.

The Marin Humane Society offers refuge, rehabilitation, and support services to domestic animals and wildlife each year through myriad community services, including adoptions, behavior and training, humane education, pet assistance for people in need, lost-and-found pet services, low-cost spay/neuter clinic, and more. MHS is a local, independent organization and does not receive operating funds from national organizations. In addition to our role as a non-profit, private animal organization, MHS is responsible for upholding county and municipal animal services ordinances through a Joint Powers Agreement contract with the County of Marin.