Stray dog in Marble Hill, MO catches community's attention

Endangered stray dog in Marble Hill, MO catches community's attention

MARBLE HILL, MO (KFVS) - For more than five years Bollinger County has gone without Animal Control or a Humane Society.

This means some animals are left to fend for themselves.

If you live in Marble Hill, then you probably know this little dog; she's a well-known dog that makes daily trips around the town.

She lives in hiding and begs for food.

Some people in the community think she needs to be rescued, but others think she's fine the way she is.

She's a dog of many names.

Some call her Happy, Scruffy, Mama Dog and even Poor Little Girl.

However, some don't believe she's living up to the name "Happy."

"I don't think she's happy at all," volunteer Karen Belcher said.

For years, a group of women have tried to catch her, but have been unsuccessful.

This group of women say they've tried it because they believe they are doing it for the dog's best interest.

"We're not trying to harm the dog," Belcher said. "We're trying to do what's best for her. Give her a chance at a good happy life."

"All of these ladies have spent hours of their time and money trying to get this dog caught," Marble Hill resident Sharon Hopkins said.

She said some community members are concerned about her health.

She's had two litters of puppies, she has fleas, her feet look raw, her hair is matted and they believe she needs medical attention.

But some residents don't agree.

"These people that don't want us to catch her," said volunteer Joyce Johnson. "They want her to run wild, but they don't understand that she needs vet treatment."

"Who knows, I mean, the dog seems to be pretty happy," said Marble Hill resident Earl Parker.

The women say several rescues are interested in caring for her, and they hope she can have a better future.

"I think once she's cleaned up, and healthy, and has a consistent home life that she'll turn around, and hopefully become part of somebody's family," Belcher said.

One community member disagrees.

He said doing this story would make a lot of people mad, and that the dog was fine.

He said many of the dog's puppies have been adopted and are with loving homes.

No matter what name you give her, though, there is one most people can't deny.

"I call her Survivor," Johnson said. "I think everyone's got a different name on her, but I call her Survivor."

If you would like to volunteer your time to help the women trying to catch Survivor please visit the Bollinger County Stray Project.

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