Uno has a new name and a new home.
The 2-year-old pit bull earned his name by being the first dog adopted out since the city of LaGrange changed its ordinance, allowing for the adoption of non-aggressive pit bull dogs.
His new home is in Harris County, with Randy and Jennifer Hines.
“He’s such a good dog,” Randy Hines said on Monday, two days after the adoption was complete. “The breed just has a bad reputation. If you treat them right, pit bulls will never be bad.”
Hines said he’s owned pit bulls all his life and Uno has joined three pit bull siblings.
“He’s doing great, they’re all like teenagers,” he said. “They just run around together. As big as he is, he’s a lap dog, he will try and get in my lap.”
Hines said he hopes more cities will be willing to bend the rules like LaGrange did and adopt out dogs that don’t show aggression.
Previously, the ordinance had called for all pit bulls, regardless of demeanor, to be euthanized if they wound up at the shelter and weren’t claimed by their previous owner.
Until the change, if a pit bull was captured by animal control running at large – and doesn’t display signs of aggression – and its owner doesn’t reclaim it in 10 days, the dogs were put down. Only the owner could reclaim the dog and it couldn’t be put up for adoption with the shelter’s general population.
The city wants to see non-aggressive dogs be adopted when possible, when not claimed by their owners. Aggressive dogs still are put down.
Pit bulls adopted within the city still have to comply with the city’s ordinance that requires proper enclosure and insurance.
A pit bull dog at the shelter, called Red, was set to be the first pit adopted, but wound up having health issues that made the adoption impossible.
Animal shelter and humane society staff said Uno passed all the aggression tests with flying colors, and even knew some “tricks:” sit, stay and shake.
The dogs must be spayed or neutered before they can be adopted, Uno was taken to Tuskeegee Animal Hospital with other dogs for the operation.