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Black Dog Syndrome rampant at shelters


Getting out to stretch his legs, Pickens Animal Shelter dog George has a blast as Eddie and Kelli consider him as an adoptee. Shelter director Cindy Wilson (left) says good photos are usually all it takes to bring black dogs into the limelight.

     When you see a big black dog do you avoid eye contact, turn and swiftly walk the other way? Do you find yourself rolling up your windows and locking the doors? Do thoughts of a black dog conjure up images of the red-eyed hounds of Hell?
    These examples may be extreme, but according to Pickens County Animal Shelter Director Cindy Wilson black dogs unfairly get the shaft at adoption facilities, and she wants to raise awareness about the animals she says get “looked right over.”
     “It’s amazing,” Wilson said. “People come in here and it’s like they don’t even see them. People just don’t want a black dog. That’s the one animal that gets put down more than any other in shelters.”

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0 #1 Tammy 2013-07-17 12:03
This is really sad, and I know that it happens, unfortunately. They are not 'cursed' and do not bring bad luck.

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