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Dog rebounds from abuse victim to coveted prize in adoption lottery

Sawyer, an 18-month-old mixed-breed dog, was rescued as part of an animal-cruelty investigation, but not before both of his front legs were broken. Now he's up for adoption, but with so many expressing an interest in adopting him that Fort Wayne Animal Care and Control is running a lottery to pick among prospective adopters. Sawyer been cared for by the Northeast Indiana Veterinary Emergency Specialty Hospital until recently, when he was released to a private foster home. (Courtesy photo)
Sawyer, an 18-month-old mixed-breed dog, was rescued as part of an animal-cruelty investigation, but not before both of his front legs were broken. Now he's up for adoption, but with so many expressing an interest in adopting him that Fort Wayne Animal Care and Control is running a lottery to pick among prospective adopters. Sawyer been cared for by the Northeast Indiana Veterinary Emergency Specialty Hospital until recently, when he was released to a private foster home. (Courtesy photo)

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For a chance to adopt Sawyer

To apply for the adoption of Sawyer:
•Print a pet adoption profile from at www.fwacc.org, fill it out, then fax it to 427-5514 or
•Come to the shelter, 3020 Hillegas Road, between noon and 5 p.m. Monday to complete and submit a profile.
•Be sure to write "Sawyer Adoption" on the adoption profile
Source: Fort Wayne Animal Care and Control
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Friday, March 22, 2013 12:00 pm
A dog's reversal of fortunes doesn't get much better than this.In January, 18-month-old Sawyer was evidence in an animal-cruelty case. Both of his front legs had been broken after he had been thrown.

Since then, so many families have asked to adopt the abused mixed-breed dog that Fort Wayne Animal Care and Control must hold a lottery to decide who gets Sawyer.

The cruelty case remains an open investigation, Animal Control said, which limits the adoption of Sawyer to those living in Allen County. Families who want a chance to adopt Sawyer should fill out an adoption profile and get it to Animal Control on Monday. Animal Control will pick a prospective adopter and allow that family to meet Sawyer between noon and 5 p.m. Tuesday.

Animal Control also will pick two alternatives, in case the first family chosen decides not to adopt Sawyer.



The shelter will select two alternates in the event that the first candidate declines the adoption.

More Information

For a chance to adopt Sawyer

To apply for the adoption of Sawyer:
•Print a pet adoption profile from at www.fwacc.org, fill it out, then fax it to 427-5514 or
•Come to the shelter, 3020 Hillegas Road, between noon and 5 p.m. Monday to complete and submit a profile.
•Be sure to write "Sawyer Adoption" on the adoption profile
Source: Fort Wayne Animal Care and Control

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