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May 16, 2007

'Big Black Dog' reigns at Pratt animal shelter

"The Big Black Dog" has his own private pool. It's blue with colored fish on the side. He likes to stand in it and drink the water.

"The Big Black Dog" has his own private pool. It's blue with colored fish on the side. He likes to stand in it and drink the water.

The dog -- which animal shelter volunteers say popped up from the rubble of Greensburg six days after a tornado destroyed the town -- has his own private pen because the other dogs are too afraid of him.

The dog may have a name, but volunteers at the state Department of Transportation staging area in Greensburg -- where homeless animals have been held before being reunited with owners or sent to the shelter in Pratt -- don't know what it is. Volunteers just call him "the Big Black Dog."

Lance Noakes, director of the Pratt County Humane Society's shelter, said volunteers and shelter employees think it's the same dog. The Big Black Dog is a mix between a Labrador retriever and either a mastiff or a St. Bernard.

Noakes said he's relying on the news media to reunite the dog and its owner.

Anyone with information regarding the Big Black Dog's owner should call the shelter at 620-672-6777.

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