A legendary stray dog has been making news for his ability to outsmart animal control in the small city of Hutto, Texas. He’s somewhat of a celebrity in the community.
Most animals don’t like living on the streets because it is especially hard to find food to survive. Many of them are picked up by animal control, but this dog is defying all of the odds. Bear has been living on the streets of Hutto for over five years now, surviving thanks to a woman and her son, Irma and Alfonso Mendoza.
“It all started a couple of years ago when my mom found Bear by the block where we live,” said Alfonso. “This dog is pretty much a family member by now.”
Irma Mendoza has been feeding Bear, and giving him a place to sleep and medicine when he’s sick.
According to Hutto Animal Control, they have been trying to catch the mutt for years. They’ve had no luck because Bear has figured out how to avoid dog traps. However, Irma is the only person who can get close enough to Bear.
People living in the Hutto community think Bear was likely abandoned around 2010 after his owners moved away and left him behind. Soon after that, Bear took up residence in an empty field and has been there ever since.
“He’s a survivor, that for sure. He’s smart. He stays out of the way, stays out of the streets, avoids people, and you know, everyone has grown kind of fond of him,” said one Hutto neighbor about Bear’s place in the community. Thankfully, Bear’s time living on the streets has finally come to an end.
Niroshini Glass, pictured above, has opened up her heart and door to Bear.
“If he’s been through all this and he’s still going strong, he’s not skin and bones thanks to her [Irma], then he deserves a home,” said Glass about her act of kindness.
Thanks to kind people like the Mendoza’s and Niroshini, one dog will finally be getting the loving home he so desperately needs.
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