Save Rufus!
  • Petitioned Orange County Florida

This petition was delivered to:

Orange County Animal Services
Orange County Florida

Save Rufus!

    1. Julie Wheeler
    2. Petition by

      Julie Wheeler

      Orlando, FL

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May 2013

Victory

Rufus is a one-year-old Beagle puppy who bit one of his family members after being startled. But when Orange County Animal Control took Rufus from his family, they said he would have to be put down - against the family's wishes. That's when Julie, a friend of Rufus' family, started a petition on Change.org demanding Rufus be saved. After more than 180,000 people signed her petition, the city agreed to return Rufus to his family!

Rufus is a friendly, one-year-old Beagle pup who has been sentenced to death by Orange County FL Animal Services because of an accident that occurred in the pup's home. His owners don't want him destroyed and we need your help because he could be put down any day now!

Rufus' family is doing everything in their power to stop him from being put down after he bit their four year old child. I'm a friend of Rufus' family and I know that Rufus is not at all an aggressive dog - he was just excited about his new food (he had never had wet dog food before) and their son startled the puppy from behind while Rufus's food was being prepared. But the county says that because the boy needed a few stitches, they have to kill Rufus and took the puppy from the family.

The child is not traumatized, the family loves the dog and wants him to live! 

https://www.facebook.com/TeamRufus?fref=ts

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Reached 150,000 signatures
    2. Update 5/3/2012

      Julie Wheeler
      Petition Organizer

      The Lexis Project has removed Admin privileges from me, so I will no longer be able to post updates on the Facebook page. I appears that TLP is trying to make some sort of deal with the county to adopt Rufus out to another home. This is NOT the desire of the owner. The owner wants her dog back, or at the very least. to let a Judge decide. We believe any attempt to arrange an adoption at this time is travesty.

    3. Reached 100,000 signatures

    Supporters

    @ThisIsRobThomas

    Apr 24, 2013

    please help save this puppy on death row at OCAS in Orlando.! https://t.co/zIKsnYDKFN … #saverufus

    Rob Thomas
    385k followers

    @BauervanStraten

    Apr 25, 2013

    Orange County Florida: Save Rufus! https://t.co/eKIPLkyOQU via @change

    Kristin Bauer
    121k followers

    Reasons for signing

    • diane ross MASON, MI
      • about 1 year ago

      THIS DOG SHOULD LIVE PLEASE I PRAY L THIS IS SO IMPORTANT TO ME AND MY FAMILY., GOD BE WITH YOU ALL WHO HELP THIS POOR PUP., BEAGLES ARE THE BEST DOGS EVER

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    • troy buehler FORT DODGE, IA
      • over 1 year ago

      Because change is overdue! 515-269-7160

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    • Maria Conde VENICE, FL
      • over 1 year ago

      Let the family have the dog . Do they not have any thing better to do .

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    • Celia Gignac MANCHESTER, CT
      • over 1 year ago

      Why are punishing Rufus?? He didn't know what he was doing. Or if he thought in his own way, of doing something wrong. Cut this dog some slack.

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    • Tammy Stager PERRY, FL
      • over 1 year ago

      I am signing because the puppy is young and was acting excited as most puppies do. Beagles a one of the friendliest ans sweetest breeds out there. Perfect for a family unless trained wrong. In most cases, the fault lies with the owner and not the animal. I would love a chance to work with dog in my home and prove that there is nothing vicious about this animal and that he does not deserve to be put to sleep.

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