Pet of the week: 8-year-old Duke is ready to be adopted after suffering while being tethered

Posted at 8:23 AM, Oct 14, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-14 08:23:34-04

October is National Adopt a Shelter Dog Month. Pet Pal Animal Shelter in St. Petersburg has the perfect shelter dog for you to adopt: Duke.

The 8-year-old Pit Bull Terrier mix has had a rough life. More than a year ago authorities rescued him from awful conditions. He was tied to a Hernando County mobile home without food or water.

Duke had lost all the hair around his neck because his collar was too tight. He had a skin condition that caused the hair on his back to become sparse.

There was one positive outcome to Duke's story. Hernando County Commissions eventually passed an anti-tethering ordinance which prohibits people from tying up a dog and leaving them by themselves.

After his rescue, Duke spent more than a year at Hernando County Animal Services. Several people looked at him, but no one decided to adopt him.

If you decide to adopt Duke, the Pit Project will provide you with a crate, leash, collar, Kong toy, bag of Science Diet food and a paid vet visit to the Pet Pal Veterinary Clinic.

In order to adopt Duke you must own your own children and have no small children. A meet-and-greet would be needed for other dogs.

Duke is neutered, vaccinated and microchipped. His adoption fee is $75.

For more information about how to adopt Duke, call Pet Pal Animal Shelter at (727) 328-7738 or visit

Pet Pal Animal Shelter is located at 405 22nd Street South Street in St. Petersburg. You can visit all their dogs and cats up for adoption Tuesdays to Fridays from 11:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Saturdays from 10:00 to 4:30 p.m.