Shaggy The Dog Learning To Trust Again

Photo courtesy of our media partners at MLive

NEWPORT, MI (WLNS) – Shaggy the dog, who wandered the Grand Rapids area for months before his capture, is making strides at an animal rescue and rehab facility.

Our media partners at MLive say Shaggy, an 18-month-old Newfoundland mix, is among 13 other undomesticated dogs being taught to trust people at The Devoted Barn about 30 miles south of Detroit. The facility’s owner, Melissa Borden, says Shaggy is a “gentle giant” who “really wants attention.”

Shaggy was caught by Borden in March. Kent County animal control officers had taken extraordinary steps to try capturing Shaggy, including getting a net-shooting device. He was called Shaggy due to his rough appearance.

Borden says Shaggy shows characteristics common in strays such as a fear of people and a reluctance to play, but she says he has “come out of his shell.”

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