110 W. New York Ave.
DeLand, FL 32720
By Jen Horton
posted Jan 28, 2013 - 12:21:57pm
Florence Thuot was distraught Jan. 25 after learning her DeLand animal sanctuary, Journey’s End, would have to return a recovering Great Dane to its owner.
The Volusia County Sheriff’s Office picked up the dog Friday.
Thuot said the Great Dane, which she estimates is about 10 years old, was rescued by Journey’s End after it was found on State Road 11.
“He weighed 92 pounds,” Thuot said. “He was filled with parasites, and has heartworms.”
The sanctuary got the dog veterinary help.
“He’s gained 25 pounds in three weeks,” Thuot said. “He’s being medicated for the heartworms, and we have him on laser treatment.”
Thuot thought the Great Dane might join the other rescued animals who are living out their final days at Journey’s End.
“He’s 10 years old; he’s not going to live that much longer,” Thuot said. “He’s in beautiful shape now.”
Generally, animals who come to Journey’s End are not adopted; they spend the remainder of their lives on the rural property.
As Thuot spoke to The Beacon, the Great Dane she calls Mr. Magoo was sleeping on a couch in the living room.
Thuot first learned about the Great Dane Dec. 29, she said, when someone called the facility about a Great Dane found on State Road 11. Thuot referred the caller to an animal emergency room, where the dog was kept for three days before coming to Journey’s End.
Thuot filed a found-animal report, and the Great Dane’s owners filed a lost-animal report, but somehow the connection wasn’t made right away.
Once the connection was made, the dog’s owner said, Thuot refused to return the animal.
The owner of the Great Dane said he didn’t want to comment beyond the fact that he and his wife want their dog back.
The Volusia County Sheriff’s Office was called by the dog’s owner at 9 a.m. Jan. 25, and deputies picked up the Great Dane Friday afternoon.
“The police are here, and they’re going to take the dog,” Thuot tearfully reported to The Beacon.
She said she was reluctant to return the dog because of its condition when it was found.
“We give dogs up all the time,” she said. “It should be a happy moment.”
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