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03/14/10 — Pets often suffer abandonment when service members deploy

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Pets often suffer abandonment when service members deploy

By Kenneth Fine
Published in News on March 14, 2010 1:50 AM

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Tug is a 10-week-old male pup waiting for a home. He is a rough and tumble boy, ready to play with just about anyone. If you want a pup who will be ready for anything, Tug is your man.

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Sarah is a 3-month-old Labrador retriever-mix puppy waiting for a new family at the county animal shelter. She is a sweet girl, but can be a little shy at first -- eager to say hello, but a little scared, too. She needs someone who has patience and plenty of love to give.

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Luke is a 1-year-old, medium-size Labrador retriever-mix dog with a happy heart and tail who is waiting for a family to love at the Wayne County animal shelter. He is an easy-going guy who has the characteristics of the lab breed -- ready for fun at a moment's notice.

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Puggsley is a 10-week-old terrier-mix puppy waiting for a home at the shelter. He also has a sibling, who is the opposite coloration -- gray with a white patch. They are both happy and good-natured fellows who are looking for homes with love to spare.

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Abby is a 1-year-old boxer mix waiting for a home at the Wayne County animal shelter. Young and full of energy, she needs someone who can show her the ropes and who enjoys an active life. If you have the patience and the inclination, she would be a great companion.

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Samson and Delilah are cocker spaniel mix puppies waiting for a new home at the animal shelter. They are both about 2 months old and ready and willing to join an active family.

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Russ is a 1-year-old male shepherd mix dog waiting for a playmate at the county animal shelter. Full of energy, he will need someone who likes to go for walks and throw a ball, but who also likes to enjoy an afternoon at home.

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Baxter is a boxer-mix dog waiting for a home at the Wayne County animal shelter. He is about a year old and needs a family who can help him put on a little weight and who is willing to share their love with a very serious and earnest boy.

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Beatrice is a 1-year-old beagle-mix waiting for a home at the shelter. She is a small-medium-size dog, with a beagle nose -- and the curiosity and fun-loving nature that are her breed's trademark. She would love to have a home where there are walks, and hugs.

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Annie is a 1-year-old hound-mix dog waiting for a loving home at the shelter. She is very docile, very shy and a perfect pick for someone looking for a companion to enjoy a quiet day on the couch. She is a smaller dog and a sweet girl with a wonderful temperament. All she needs is a home she can call her own to blossom.

Friends and family members are not the only ones left behind when an airman from Seymour Johnson Air Force Base deploys. In fact, Wayne County Animal Control director Vicki Falconer said recent tours of duty for members of the 4th...

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