Dog rescued from KK River prepped for adoption from Elmbrook Humane Society

More than 100 calls to EBHS for two-year-old dog found on slab of ice

Charley, a Pug and Shepherd mix found on Milwaukee's Kinnickinnic River, will be up for adoption at the Elmbrook Humane Society in several weeks.

Charley, a Pug and Shepherd mix found on Milwaukee's Kinnickinnic River, will be up for adoption at the Elmbrook Humane Society in several weeks. Photo By C.T. Kruger

March 26, 2013

A dog rescued from Milwaukee's Kinnickinnic River last week will be up for adoption at the Elmbrook Humane Society, 20950 Enterprise Avenue, on Friday.

Charley, a two-year-old Pug/Shepherd mix, was saved by Milwaukee police after the Milwaukee Harbor Patrol got a call March 17 about a dog trapped on a chunk of ice on the river in Bay View, police said.

He was taken to the Milwaukee Area Domestic Animal Control Commission in hopes of being reunited with his family, but Charley wasn't wearing a tag and had not been microchipped, city officials said.

According to WITI-TV (Channel 6), the dog's former owner, Tracy Zillmer recognized her pet on TV and later surrendered ownership to MADACC because she could no longer afford to care for him. He was transferred to the Elmbrook Humane Society on March 20, EBHS said in a news release.

Rachel Coolbroth, director of community relations and development at EBHS, said Charley has been bathed, microchipped and showered with love and attention since his arrival.

"Charley does need to be neutered, which will most likely happen Thursday," Coolbroth said. "If all goes as planned, he should be available for adoption this Friday."

The shelter has received more than 100 calls about Charley.

"We have been urging people to keep an eye on our website and our Facebook page as to when he will be available for adoption," she said. "We are not taking applications on Charley; his adoption will be first come, first serve."

The shelter will open at 1 p.m. Friday. Coolbroth encourages prospective adopters to show up early.

Adoption process

Lorraine Sweeney, shelter operations manager at EBHS said Charley is a sweet and loving dog looking for a new "forever home."

But Charley's adoption isn't a sign-and-go process, Coolbroth said.

To adopt an animal from EBHS, all family members, pets included, have to meet the adoptee.

Adopters will need to show approval of pet ownership from a landlord if they rent; homeowners will need to show proof of ownership.

"We do same-day adoptions, so once all of this is done and the adoption counselor goes over the adoption paperwork with the new parents, the family is the proud owner of a new dog, cat or small animal," Coolbroth said.

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