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East Texas man spends two weeks coaxing 'dumped' dog out of woods

Joe Akins petting his new best friend. (KLTV Staff) Joe Akins petting his new best friend. (KLTV Staff)
Note left on Litterbug's house in the woods. (Source: KLTV Staff) Note left on Litterbug's house in the woods. (Source: KLTV Staff)
TYLER, TX (KLTV) -

It’s a dog tale with a happy ending. An East Texas man out for a walk in Henderson noticed a young, black dog scampering through thick brush on the side of the road. It had been dumped and left to survive on its own.

That was two weeks ago, and everyday since then, that man has visited the dog trying to win its trust.

“People throw out trash and they throw out dogs and that’s just, I don’t get it. I don’t understand why they do that, and it just tears me up,” Joe Akins said.

Akins took several pictures of the dog's sleeping area, a bed of wood chips. He visited the dog the next day, and the next day and the day after that.

“It was just an ongoing thing. You know, I said this dog has been thrown out and this dog don’t trust people so I’m just gonna work at it. Just like a project,” he said.

He bought the dog a house and set it in the woods along with a note asking passersby not to steal the dog’s home.

Neighbors noticed the dog, too. They told Akins it had been there for months as they drove by.

“She told me that her and her daughter named him Litterbug because he was a throw away and they had been throwing food out and couldn’t get their hands on him and named him Litterbug and I thought what an awesome name,” he explained.

After 13 days, Akins thought it was time to give up. His last shot was a Pupperoni.

“I slipped the collar over his head, and next thing I know, I had to drag him out, put him in my truck, brought him home and here he is,” Joe said.

Akins said he originally thought he would find Litterbug a home, but after all the effort, the two bonded and he said he’ll keep him.

The vet told Joe that Litterbug is about one year old and is healthy aside from a few parasites they are now treating. 

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