The story of a trucker saving a dog from the highway is all over social media.
It’s being called an act of complete selflessness and compassion.
But there’s an old saying, that if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
And that’s how it turned out in the end.
It all started when a Sunoco station employee called the Belmont County Animal Shelter.
She said a trucker came in and told her he had rescued a dog from the interstate, putting his own life at risk.
“He told her he was allergic to animals, and he had tried to give himself an injection with his epi-pen but it malfunctioned,” said Angela Hatfield, shelter director,
The Sunoco employee said the trucker told her he had to go to the hospital, and he left the dog there.
The dog warden picked up the white pit bull, naming him Carl, after the trucker.
The heart-warming story was all over social media, about a trucker saving a dog despite his own severe allergies.
However, Hatfield says it turns out the trucker hadn’t “rescued” the dog from the highway at all.
She says she learned from a neighboring shelter director that the trucker had adopted the dog two days earlier, then tried to take it back the next day.
“Apparently it had chewed up the seat in his truck, and he wanted to give the dog back,” Hatfield said.
She said the man apparently concocted the story of saving the dog and being unable to keep it.
“You don’t have to make up a story,” Hatfield said. “We accept animals here with open, loving arms to try to get them back to a home where they can be a loving, productive pet.”
Carl the dog, with a sweet personality and a charming dark circle around one eye, is at the shelter, available for adoption.
Carl the trucker is apparently long gone, after telling people how he “rescued” the animal.
“There’s way too much energy in that,” noted Hatfield. “Bring it to a place where it’s safe, and let us take care of the animal.”