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Most know the saying that “a dog is a mans finest pal.” Nicely in Charlotte, NC one man named Alan Lord actually means it.

Alan is a 43-year-old homeless particular person and he has been residing on the streets for practically a yr now. Not way back he was simply one other man, working a job at an area financial institution and going house to his spouse and his townhouse in Myer’s Park.

Nonetheless, he not too long ago went by means of a divorce, shedding the whole lot. His house, job, spouse, and the whole lot that got here with it. However the one factor he received to maintain was an important of all, his 4-year-old dog Levi.

Levi is a good-natured tan Labrador Retriever weighing in round 80 kilos. Lord received Levi when he was only a pet from an area breeder and so they have been joined on the hip ever since!

You would possibly assume the thought of a person discovering consolation in his dog after so many hardships is admittedly candy and most did at first, however that has modified as effectively.

Lord and his dog have the whole lot they personal in a dog crate on wheels and this crate is the place Levi spends most of his days. This was okay at first. It was clear that Lord was doing his finest and so they acquired a whole lot of sympathies.

Native dog lovers donated to him and Levi, hoping to assist him enhance his scenario so he might get himself and his devoted companion of the streets of Charlotte. That has not but occurred and it doesn’t look like Lord has a plan for it occurring anytime quickly.

Terri McConnell and her husband have been featured on a TV information broadcast that highlighted the generosity of this couple. They’ve estimated that they’ve spent about $3,500 on Lord and Levi.

They needed to assist by shopping for them tenting gear, meals and another necessities that they’ve a tough time affording. McConnell stated, “We didn’t thoughts. However then there comes some extent the place you’re like ‘We’re throwing good cash after dangerous’ … He’s refusing assist,”

The Miami Herald reported, “She [McConnell] additionally famous that Lord typically argued along with her about Levi’s welfare. She thinks Levi’s residing scenario is unacceptable and that it’s unfair Lord received’t take steps to assist himself and his dog.”

Lord himself says that the majority of his household has both handed away, is not within the image reside or reside distant.

He wish to transfer out to Hawaii to reside together with his brother sooner or later however has no cash and no plan to take action anytime quickly.

However that is what everybody is admittedly pissed off about. Mad sufficient, the truth is, {that a} Dilworth resident, Dina Castanas, referred to as collectively a city assembly the place she and 25 different offended residents criticized Animal Care and Management for not taking the dog away to reside in higher circumstances. They need Levi free of the crate instantly.

“It’s an animal caught within the center. Levi has no voice and no selection within the matter,” she stated.

“We’re not trying the opposite approach. However taking the animal away can be a destructive end result.” says Josh Fisher, director of Animal Care and Management.

Animal Management has not stepped ahead to take motion as a result of they’ve checked in on Lord and Levi and so they have by no means discovered Levi sad or in dangerous well being. Though there are legal guidelines about animals being left in crates for lengthy durations of time, Levi simply doesn’t match another standards.

The one motive Levi stayed within the crate is that Lord doesn’t need the dog to be misplaced or taken by somebody who thinks he has no proprietor, and even by somebody who thinks they need to maintain the scenario and take Levi to an animal shelter themselves.

He has by no means been abused or been in want of medical consideration. He’s additionally all updated on his vaccinations and has such a cheerful disposition that they’ll’t actually see a motive to take him away from his loving proprietor. Particularly contemplating the truth that as soon as put within the shelter there isn’t any assure he’ll discover a house anytime quickly, if ever.

Lord has no want to stay homeless however he has been having a tough time accepting assist from anybody anymore as a result of he has been dealing with a lot criticism. The one particular person he appears to be actually snug with is Emily Cole, who’s a Gastonia girl that helped him register his dog as an emotional help animal.

That’s actually what Levi is to him, apart from only a loving and dependable pet, he’s all that Lord has and he has stated that with out him he would “lose all motivation” as a result of Levi is the “solely factor that conjures up me.”

Emily Cole is making efforts to boost cash for a homeless shelter the place residents can convey their pets with them. All different shelters within the space don’t permit this. If Lord would resolve that he wanted to go to one in every of these shelters he must go to an animal shelter as effectively and quit his finest pal.

He additionally doesn’t match necessities for different housing packages as a result of he has stayed in resort rooms from time to time for the previous yr and meaning he was not constantly homeless.

Though this entire scenario has been tough and there are numerous critics, Lord and his dog will proceed on with their lives. Though it’s hopeful that Lord is ready to enhance his scenario quickly, tearing aside this man and his companion doesn’t appear to be one thing that can occur anytime quickly. Fortunately!

“Public security doesn’t at all times imply taking an animal away,” Fisher stated. “We need to assist attempt to discover a few of these group options.”

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