Two black Labrador retrievers are looking for a home after someone pushed them out of a truck near a bridge in Lake Wylie.
A woman driving along S.C. 274 on Thursday saw a man stop his pickup and let the dogs out. They chased after the truck for a few moments before another driver, who works in Lake Wylie, saw them and thought they had just gotten loose.
When she heard the real story of what happened, she was shocked.
“It’s awful,” said the second driver, who asked not to be identified.
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As a dog lover, she made the decision to take them to the nearest animal hospital, opening her checkbook to pay for their medical care and boarding. From there, a website dedicated to rescuing Labrador retrivers contacted Dorsey Patrick, who runs Jesse’s Place Rescue in Lake Wylie.
“They’re both very sweet dogs,” Patrick said of Karl and Delilah, who are a little underweight but otherwise show no signs of having been abused or neglected before they were abandoned.
The dogs are staying at Lake Wylie Pet Resort while Patrick begins the process of finding them a home. The woman who paid for the dogs’ medical bills said she hopes someone will take Karl and Delilah into a loving home, preferably together.
“I could tell just in the short time I was with them that they were very attached to each other,” she said.
Karl is about 1 year old and weighs 65 pounds, Patrick said, while Delilah is about 5 or 6 and weighs 42 pounds. Both dogs tested negative for heartworms and are up to date on all their shots. Delilah appears to be spayed, and Karl was neutered Tuesday.
If Patrick can’t find a home for the dogs locally, she’ll do what she often does and look north, where there are fewer dogs to adopt and where she’s often able to place dogs.
“They’re not shy or skittish at all,” Patrick said. “They’re great.”