Founder of organization doesn't believe dog was feral

The founder of The Feral Companion, a St. Louis-based organization that works with feral animals, said she attempted to contact Champaign County Animal Control regarding Patches the fugitive dog in Ludlow but got no response.

Lindsay Harmon said she would have taken the dog — to work with it. She said from the information she had, the dog was not feral.

Said Harmon in an email from Rantoul Press:

“I had quite a few people reach out to me on the situation. I emailed the AC but didn’t get a response. I told several people via messenger and email I would take the dog if they got in contact with the right people. I also posted publicly on (Facebook) that I would take him as well.

“It’s very sad because this dog wasn’t even feral (and) likely would have taken a week or so to become comfortable again.

“From what I read before emailing the shelter, I didn’t have much hope of them releasing him. I work with true feral dogs that take months and up to years to rehab. This guy would have been in good hands. I’m sorry we couldn’t help.”

Harmon said she hopes that one day her group and others like it can change the “negative connotation” that the word “feral” has “and prove what amazing animals they are.”

She said she works with animal control departments and rescues across the country and believes she is slowly making an impact.



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