“My neighbor, who feeds the cats at the monastery, called me and said there was a golden dog tied to the telephone pole at the monastery, so I immediately got in my car and went over to rescue him.”
The dog, dubbed Rowan, was abandoned in Flagler Beach, Florida only four days after the good doctor adopted him. The post went viral after Janelle posted the photo of Rowan on Facebook. Although not doing so to bash the doctor personally, Odom has now come forward with a letter describing his version of what happened, which can be read by clicking here.
A movie of Rowan’s rescue can be viewed at this link.
Taylor Wilson with Pawmetto Lifeline is shocked at the content of Dr. Odom’s explanation and is busy putting the facts together. A post on the Pawmetto Lifeline Facebook page reads
“Good morning, Followers and Supporters. We have received questions in regards to the German Shepard that was found tied to a pole in Florida over the holiday. Roman IS one of our adopted pets and we are currently investigating this situation thoroughly. We are in contact with his rescuer and have provided assistance for Roman’s care. We are working with this good Samaritan to find a solution to his situation that is in the best interest of Roman. If you have any further questions or concerns, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and one of our directors will contact you ASAP. Thank you all for your concern for this sweet dog’s life.”
Doctor Odom gives a very different view of Rowan, whom he says was aggressive, uncontrollable on walks, bit him and snapped at his toddler. At one point, Odom mentioned he even thought of shooting Rowan. To hear his version, one would think Odom is playing on sympathy that Roman was even allowed to live.
Even if he WAS tied to a telephone pole and abandoned, at least he’s still alive. Right?
Should the rescue assume any of the responsibility in allowing Dr. Odom to adopt the dog? There are a lot of unanswered questions concerning the abandonment of an animal, including whether the doctor should be forgiven since the dog had caused him trouble, or whether he should be charged with abandoning an animal.
Jenelle says Rowan wasn’t aggressive with her, and Pawmetto Lifeline says Rowan has no history of aggression with them. Jenelle says of Rowan’s bubbling personality
“He’s wonderful. He’s wonderful. He plays and is not aggressive whatsoever.”
Dr. Odom says he’s since repeatedly offered to bring the dog back to Columbia. No thanks, Doc. Animal advocates no longer trust Rowan’s welfare to your care.
Meanwhile, Rowan has gotten a lot of adoption interest from prospective families across the Southeast.
Which side of this story do the readers believe? Please leave a comment.