GRIFFITH | Buddy, the dog Andrea Kutzko found running near Griffith’s Central Park during the blizzard on Jan. 5, was put to sleep on Tuesday.
Kutzko announced the news on the “Buddy and the Blizzard” Facebook page.
Kutzko found Buddy and coaxed him into her garage, where he had been living. She couldn’t bring him into the family home because she has another dog and Buddy was having behavior issues.
She tried to get him into a shelter or placed with a rescue agency, but every group she contacted was full.
And although several hundred people had “liked” Buddy’s Facebook page, no one expressed interest in becoming his forever home, Kutzko said.
Buddy, who weighed about 70 pounds and was believed to be a pit bull and terrier mix, had been aggressive with several people over the past few weeks.
On Tuesday, he ate some fiberglass insulation from the garage, and when she took him to the emergency vet clinic, he tried to attack several people there.
That, combined with the fact that no one had expressed interest in adopting him after several weeks of intense effort, led to the decision.
“Unfortunately, we decided to put him to sleep,” she said. “We did what we thought was best.”
She is hoping to hold a fundraiser for Griffith Animal Control in Buddy’s name. Information about the fundraiser will be posted on the “Buddy and the Blizzard” Facebook page when plans are finalized, she said.
Kutzko said she thought Buddy had been abandoned as a puppy and had never had a real home. She hopes more people will choose to spay and neuter their animals to help prevent situations like this in the future.
She and her husband, Nick, had grown attached to Buddy, even though they only had had him a few weeks.
“We keep saying, at least he died having a family, even if that’s not what we had envisioned for him,” she said. “He felt very much like our dog.”