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Dog who survived bear attack adopted through Lake County Animal Services

RELEASE DATE: April 17, 2014

Percival is a young Treeing Walker Coonhound who had a run-in with a bear.Photo: Whitney Luckhart

UPDATE: Percival finds his forever home.

When Deana Osenieks’ 7-year-old son saw Percival on the news, he knew that the Treeing Walker Coonhound would make the perfect addition to the family. 

Percival had been up for adoption through Lake County Animal Services after the hound was found in March badly injured due to a bear attack near the Ocala National Forest.

The Volusia County family -- two kids and three dogs in tow -- visited Percival at the Lake County Animal Services shelter in Tavares and held their breath that Percival would be theirs.

“I had to tell them if it’s meant to be, it’s meant to be,” Osenieks said.

Osenieks discovered that Percy would make an ideal best friend for the family’s dog, Shotgun, a Redbone Coonhound who got his name after suffering two bullet wounds. Coincidentally, Shotgun was a Lake County Animal Services shelter dog before being adopted by the Osenieks last year through a local rescue group.

“Percy has the same demeanor as Shotgun, real gentle and sweet, and we are really excited,” said Osenieks. “The kids adore the hounds because they are so cuddly and affectionate.”
Percival, along with Shotgun and the family’s two other dogs, will be treated to a carefree life on 2.5 acres in New Smyrna Beach, where there is plenty of room to roam and explore.

“I think he is going to have an awesome life,” said Osenieks. “He’s a good fit. He is a sweet dog.”
To adopt a dog like Percival, visit http://www.lakecountyfl.gov/adopt

TAVARES – If Percival could talk, he would tell a harrowing story of the night he came face to face with a bear and survived the brutal attack.  

In literature, Percival is a man raised in the wilderness, who later becomes one of King Arthur’s knights. In Lake County, Percival is a tri-color purebred Treeing Walker Coonhound. He too, grew up in the woods, and the staff and volunteers of the Lake County shelter are hoping his story is as triumphant as that of the fictional knight.  

“In addition to the enormous crater in his back, he had hemorrhaging behind his eye,” said Whitney Luckhart, a Lake County Animal Services volunteer who is fostering Percival, or Percy for short. “He was hosting thousands of ticks, but always maintained a pleasant demeanor. He has a very cheerful personality and loves attention.”

Animal Services cleaned Percy up and Luckhart continues to care for his healing wound. He is under 2 years old and will weigh less than 60 pounds when full grown. 

“The shelter team goes to great lengths to get needed care for every dog possible, and we are very fortunate to have wonderful volunteers and benefactors,” said Brian Sheahan, director of Lake County’s Community Safety & Compliance Department.

Percy is good with kids, dogs and cats. He is neutered and up to date with his vaccinations. If you are interested in adopting Percival, call the shelter at 352-343-9688. His adoption fee is $50.

To find out more about Lake County Animal Services, or to donate funds to help with operations at the shelter, log on to www.lakecountyfl.gov/adopt, visit the shelter at 28123 County Road 561, Tavares, or call 352-343-9688.


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Lake County Animal Services

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Office: 352-343-9609; Cell: 352-460-2851

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