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People Clamor To Adopt ‘Ugly’ Shelter Dog, But There Is Sad News To Share

Gulfport, MS – When staff at the Humane Society of South Mississippi alerted the public about an overlooked dog at their facility, seemingly bypassed because of his looks, the response was amazing. The shelter had explained that two-year-old Chop was born with wideset eyes that people viewed as “ugly,” leaving him languishing at the facility for eight months.

And after word got out, the applications for Chop poured in. But the happily-ever-after that everyone is hoping for will not come to fruition. On Saturday, the animal welfare agency said that  hundreds of adoption inquiries were received, but Chop’s health is failing fast, writing:

It is with great sadness that we share with you all that during one of his meet and greets, our Clinic Manager identified that Chop’s tongue and gums were turning blue. He stopped walking and collapsed from exhaustion and he could not bear to walk any further.


On Monday, we had him evaluated by two of our veterinarians and it was determined that Chop would not be able to safely go through heartworm treatment and that his days were numbered due to his enlarged heart and fluid buildup in his lungs.

Chop’s ailment cannot be remedied and his days are numbered. The heartbroken shelter staff, who have loved him for nearly a year, said:

This is breaking our hearts. It is not the outcome we had hoped for but it is the right decision, and we hope that those of you who have fallen in love with Chop the way we have will understand.

Explaining how the decision to humanely release Chop from his body will be made:

Chop is currently under the supervision and care of our veterinary staff. When his quality of life is no longer humane, we will be moving forward with giving Chop the very best “last day”- surrounded by the staff that he knows and loves and who have been advocating for him since last May.

It is important to note that Chop contracted heartworms before he arrived at the shelter facility. While in their care, he has been receiving the “slow-kill” heartworm treatment, but it is not enough to save his life. In the absence of a quiet home to go through the treatment in, this was the only option the shelter had for Chop. The shelter tried to find a foster home for Chop to go through treatment in, but nobody stepped up to help. If Chop’s situation makes you angry, remember that someone who owned him (before the shelter) let this happen by not putting him on preventative medicine.

Other dogs are still in need of homes at the shelter. If you are interested, find the facility’s Facebook page here.

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  1. sometimes life just sucks. this poor dog finally can have it’s day in the sun and it is stolen from him and what is sadder is that if people had looked at his inner beauty instead of something out of his control he may have had a great life. really just breaks your heart to see this stuff and how vain people really are.

  2. Awe, this is so heartbreaking 😭 my heart is broken 💔 reading this story poor chop, this is such a sweet little puppy 🐶 dog!, I can tell just by the staff talking about chop that he was a very sweet baby, 🙏 praying that he will find some peace ☮️🕊️🕊️🕊️..

    • Alyssis I agree with your loving comment.
      Reading about precious and loving Chop broke my heart. I am crying now. Love you Chop.
      “This is so heartbreaking my heart is broken reading this story poor Chop. Chop is such a sweet little puppy dog!, I can tell just by the staff talking about Chop that he was a very sweet baby, praying that he will find some peace” Bless you Chop. I absolutely Love you.

  3. Rest in peace 🕊️🕊️🕊️ sweet baby 🙏🙏🙏 boy!! 🥩 Chop is a perfect name 📛 for this sweet baby!! Love ❤️❤️❤️❤️ fur babies 😺 cats and dog 🐕 dogs.. will be a forever ♾️♾️ cat and dog 🐕 lover.

  4. you have no right to take his life, that is murder. He should be allowed to live his natural life & go naturally when it is time to go.

  5. Aww, I am so heartbroken 💔😞😞 and sad 😭😭😭 praying 🙏🙏🙏 that chop will be able to spend the last of his days with anyone and everybody that love him be surrounded by people that love and care about him very deeply.. rest in peace 🕊️✌️ baby boy chop!!
    Love ❤️❤️ always, alyssia Corbett.



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