A dog that was found shaved and marked up with ink last week has a new home.
Officials at the Columbus Animal Care and Control Center said the Chihuahua mix was adopted by Sue Driggers and her 7-year-old granddaughter, Madison McLeod, at 10:05 a.m. Thursday.
“I didn’t want it to be put to sleep,” Driggers said.
They decided to name the dog Trix, since that’s what was written on its left side. Someone also drew 11 dollar signs on Trix’s sides, black rings around both his eyes and a face on his rear end, making the tail appear to be a nose.
Driggers said the drawings were made with magic marker, and she’s confident the marks will fade after a couple of baths.
“It will come off, give it time,” she said.
The dog was picked up July 17 from a home in Midtown. Cheryl Myers called Animal Control after the animal showed up on her front stoop and would not leave. Animal shelter workers tried unsuccessfully to clean off the markings.
Sara Welsh, one of the shelter workers, nicknamed the pooch “My Graffiti Dog.” Trix was scheduled to be euthanized Thursday if he wasn’t adopted.
Driggers found out about the dog after her granddaughter showed her Trix’s story in Wednesday’s Ledger-Enquirer and begged her to adopt the dog.
They visited Trix together at the animal shelter on Wednesday, then went back to the shelter 30 minutes before it opened on Thursday to enter the drawing to adopt Trix.
One other person showed up for the 10 a.m. lottery that would decide the dog’s owner; the man won the dog in the initial drawing.
But Madison started to cry, Driggers said, so the man gave her the dog.
Madison’s parents already have several dogs and cats at their house, so Trix will stay with Driggers. Madison will get to visit the dog whenever her grandmother baby-sits.
Driggers said Madison spent most of Thursday holding her new puppy.
“She prayed (Wednesday night) that we would get it,” Driggers said.