Saving Orson

Published: Thursday, February 7, 2013 at 10:05 AM.

Orson arrived at the St. Joseph Bay Humane Society is less than idyllic condition.

The chocolate lab, pure-bred by all indications, had been picked up by county Animal Control officer Roland Jones in the Stone Mill Creek area when Orson stumbled into a stranger’s yard in the first week of January.

Orson’s future was bleak.

He could only use three legs, he was emaciated, lethargic and had broken teeth, said Melody Townsend, director of the Humane Society.

“We had our vet do an assessment and he said he had one dislocated hip, likely from being hit by a car, and the other hip was injured, sad to say, by a gunshot,” Townsend said, noting that in the past couple of months the Humane Society has taken in at least six dogs that have been shot.

The shame of it all, Townsend noted, was that Orson had once belonged to somebody.

The fur on his neck showed a line where Orson had clearly worn a collar.

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