Sarge the dog, shot six times by his owner and deemed too aggressive to be adopted, will find a new home at an animal sanctuary in Utah.
Best Friends Animal Sanctuary in Kanab, Utah, is the largest companion animal facility in the U.S. for abused and abandoned animals. It is located on 3,700 acroes of high desert country in southwestern Utah. It is the animal sanctuary now caring for the dogs from the Michael Vick dogfighting case.
On July 9, Toledo police confiscated Sarge from his owner, Lawrence Mick of Federal Street, after neighbors reported that Mick and a friend, Adam Collins were shooting at the dog while it was in a cage. Sarge was transported to the county dog pound where he recovered from his wounds. He was eventually taken to the Toledo Area Humane Society.
As he convalesced, his aggressiveness increased -- attacking a veterinarian and staff member who were caring for him. The Humane Society eventually determined that Sarge was too dangerous to adopt out to the public. Despite many requests to adopt Sarge from the public, Humane Society officials opted to send Sarge to the refuge that specializes in taking care of vicious animals.
Lawrence Mick is facing a felony weapons charge as well as several misdemeanors including cruelty to animals and inducing panic. Adam Collins pleaded no contest and was found guilty of illegal firearms discharge, providing false information to a police officer, and cruelty to animals. He will be sentenced on September 7.