The Marshall plan has been finalized. After months of legal battles, speculation, and back and forth between both parties, the now famous pit bull of Northampton County, PA, will be leaving the shelter.
Marshall’s story began when former Center for Animal Health and Welfare (Easton, PA) volunteer, Melissa Jantzen, seemingly fell for the young, goofy pit bull dog. Housed at the Center for a short time, Marshall’s personality and love quickly made him a favorite among the staff and volunteers.
But, his young personality and puppy antics also scared some. He jumped and grabbed at shirts, ripping a few here and there. It was quickly determined that he was a liability, and in the name of humane rescue, he be put to sleep.
At this point in time, Jantzen stood up to the Center’s decision and entered the paperwork in order to adopt Marshall. With the adoption denied, Jantzen took the fight to the Northampton County Courts.
With no final decision coming from the judge, for the last few weeks, Marshall sat in his shelter cage in limbo. After deliberation, the board of directors then released a statement: Marshall could be released into the capable hands of an approved rescue or behaviorist.
And the wait continued. Now, the waiting is over. Marshall is no longer a shelter dog as of Friday, September 30th. He will become a resident of Cole’s K-9, in Bethlehem, PA. Under the watchful eye of experienced canine experts, Marshall will receive the appropriate training needed to make his future bright.
Marshall is the newest member of the Bull Run Rescue family. In conjunction with Cole’s K-9, Bull Run will work diligently to make Marshall an upstanding member of the local canine society. In time, he will find his forever home, where he can steal the covers and keep the couch warm for a deserving family
Michael Girvin, of Bull Run and the K-9 Connection, states that this compromise has “set a precedent” with the shelter. This is the first step in many that will allow the Center for Animal Health and Welfare and Bull Run rescue to work together to save worthy bully breeds in the Lehigh Valley.
A huge “thank you” goes out to all of those involved; Melissa Jantzen, Sunrays Pit Bull Rescue, Cole’s K-9, Bull Run Rescue, The Center for Animal Health and Welfare, and the thousands of volunteers, fans, and supporters that waited, day by day, for Marshall’s time to come.
SAVING ONE DOG MAY NOT CHANGE THE WORLD, BUT IT CHANGES THE WORLD FOR THAT ONE DOG.