The Columbia dog who sparked a social media storm after its story was shared by a woman who rescued it from a Florida monastery parking lot over the Christmas holiday is back in South Carolina.
Janelle Marcello said Pawmetto Lifeline made the decision to return Roman to South Carolina on Wednesday. The German Shepard was left tied to a telephone pole by an Irmo doctor while his family was on vacation in Florida.
“It is with a very heavy heart that Pawmetto Lifeline made the decision to bring Roman Back (sic) to their facilities,” Marcello said in an emailed statement to The State Thursday morning.
Marcello was alerted by a friend of hers who was feeding cats at the monastery that a “golden dog” was tied to a telephone pole in the parking lot in Flagler Beach, Fla. Marcello then began to care for Roman, setting up a Facebook page for him called “Roman’s Story,” which reached over 10,000 people.
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Even though Roman’s story has enticed many to want to adopt him in South Carolina, Marcello urged people to consider that Roman is just one dog and there are many others still looking for a home.
“Roman is not the only dog out there with a heartbreaking story,” Marcello said in the statement. “There are MANY (sic) “Romans” lost, abandoned, roaming the streets, in shelters, in rescues and high kill shelters just waiting for rescue or loving forever homes.”
Calls to Pawmetto Lifeline to confirm Roman’s arrival in South Carolina had not been returned as of Thursday morning.