Rose is facing a death sentence.
Less than a week after her owner died, Rose, a 10-year-old Rottweiler mix, has ended up at the pound — with just two days to live.
Columbus animal control workers took the dog in Wednesday after its owner passed away from natural causes.
“The dog was very scared at the time,” said Muscogee County Coroner Bill Thrower.
The 63-year-old woman lived alone and took care of stray animals at the Clay Drive Mobile Home Park, Thrower said. They found Rose in her owner's unkempt home, which Thrower said was infested with fleas.
Rose was scheduled to be euthanized first thing Tuesday morning, but Drale Short, city division manager of special enforcement, said they will hold Rose for a couple more days in case anyone wants to adopt her.
Rose is sweet and gentle. She has a skin condition on her back from a flea infestation, but workers said it’s treatable.
“She’s very quiet,” Short said. “She doesn’t do a lot of barking.”
Short said that’s probably because she’s mourning her owner’s death.
“Dogs are very attached to their owners and they know when something’s wrong,” she said.
If you want to adopt Rose, call animal control at 706-653-4512 and ask for Drale Short.
It’s $45 to $55 to adopt a dog, depending on its age.
Last year, the city impounded 8,138 animals — 846 of which were adopted or placed in homes. About 6,330 dogs and cats were euthanized.