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CPD chief helps reunite owner with special dog

Posted: September 2, 2012 3:16 p.m.
Updated: September 3, 2012 5:00 a.m.

A woman whose Greyhound ran off during a walk has Camden’s top cop to thanks for helping reunite her with the dog. Camden Police Chief Joe Floyd helped Barbara Loury find her missing Greyhound this week after it got loose from its collar on East DeKalb Street.

Floyd said he saw a woman walking on the side of the East DeKalb Street and noticed a greyhound dog “a fairly good distance” ahead of her. Floyd stopped in the area near Piggly Wiggly to make sure no one hit the dog when he realized that the woman he had seen walking down the street might be looking for the Greyhound. Floyd went and picked up Loury, who had taken her two fostered Greyhounds on a walk to Mill Village Veterinarian. The two asked citizens in the area where the dog went and they eventually found the dog waiting practically where it started -- at the gate of Loury’s home.

“She was in a panic and didn’t have any assistance,” Floyd said.

Greyhounds are normally “nervous” around children, but are very “beautiful, elegant and very intelligent,” Loury said. Loury loves and trains dogs from the Greyhound Lifesavers of Columbia. The small group sets up foster homes for dogs they get from Florida who are no longer needed for racing. Loury said she took Robert, a 3-year-old Greyhound, and her nine-year-old Greyhound, Micah, to the Mill Village Vet on East DeKalb Street and then walked them near the Piggly-Wiggly. Loury said some men were working in the area and came toward Robert and frightened him.

“He did a 360 out of his martingale collar and ran away,” Loury said. “They are known to take off and you can’t find them. By the grace of God the chief of police pulled up and said let’s find him. If it wasn’t for him, I would have been all over the place looking,” she said.

Greyhounds are the No. 1 breed for blood donations, said Hamilton Tetterton, of Mill Village Veterinarian.

“There is always a need to rescue them,” Tetterton said. “One drop of their blood is more potent than any other dog. They make great pets.”

He said there aren’t any Greyhound blood banks in South Carolina due to state laws, so he calls his Greyhound patients whenever he needs to a blood donation, in exchange for other services such as blood work. Greyhound blood can help other dogs suffering from autoimmune diseases to dogs who eat rat poison.

Woody Fischbauch, president of Greyhound Lifesavers, said Greyhounds can travel up to 45 mph, but are not “street savvy” and can easily be hit by a car. Greyhound Lifesavers is an organization “dedicated to finding homes for retired racing greyhounds” by matching greyhounds with adoptive and foster-parents around southeast America.

There are Greyhound rescue groups in every state, Fischbauch said. Greyhound Lifesaver’s dogs come from a kennel in Jacksonville, Fla., where a lot of Greyhound racing happens. All the Greyhounds know is racing, Fischbauch said; some don’t know how to handle a home, that’s why they place the dogs in foster homes before they can be adopted.

“It’s a new thing for them; they’re smart and learn quickly,” he said.

In about three weeks, Greyhounds, said to be “mild, docile and laidback,” learn to adjust to a home environment but some need to stay need to stay for several months before they can be adopted. Greyhound Lifesavers shows their dogs at pet stores to attract volunteers. For foster parents, Greyhound Lifesavers pays for medical expenses associated, as well as food and bowls and beds, according to their website. Greyhound adoption is $225. Visit Greyhoundlifesavers.org for more information.

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