Three boys who found a starving American Pit Bull Terrier managed to care for it by themselves for two weeks before finally deciding to tell their parents because the malnourished dog kept losing weight.
Ten-year-old Nick Peak, 11-year-old Wyatt Medley, and his 6-year-old brother Tristen heard the dogs yelping about two weeks ago while clearing brush behind their southwest Jefferson County homes, they told WAVE-TV in Louisville, Ky.
They followed the howls to a chain-link pen four doors down, where they found the dog who apparently had been abandoned for weeks after his owners moved away and left him behind. Knowing the reputation of the breed, the boys decided that if they turned to dog over to animal control, it would probably be euthanized.
So the trio named the dog Bush and began taking care of him themselves. They sneaked food from their homes to feed the dog, and gave him water from a nearby creek. But even after two weeks, Bush was still losing weight, so the kids finally decided to tell their parents so that Bush could get proper medical care.
Their only request was that Bush not be put to sleep. And that wish was granted. Stonefield Veterinary Associates in Louisville is now caring for Bush, and the dog has been put up for adoption.
For their efforts, the three boys were recently honored by the Louisville Kennel Club and given memberships to the Louisville Zoo.
Posted: April 13, 2006, 5 a.m. EST