Tonto looking for new play pal

Tonto smiles at the camera while he rests on the floor at the shelter. Nathan Budryk/Daily

FRONT ROYAL – Tonto, a 2-year-old non-neutered male pit bull, is looking for a loving home. Tonto has been living at the Humane Society of Warren County after his previous owners were forced to surrender him due to a lack of space, explained Teresa Denny, a kennel attendant at the shelter.

“He was a surrender,” she said. “They found him in their yard and they kept him for a while. Their apartment was too small to keep him. He needs somewhere where he can run.”

Running is something of a pastime for Tonto, as he possesses every bit of the energy required to do so. He’s playful and great with kids, said Denny.

“He’s always been around men, women and children and has never had any problems,” she said. “His behavior around children is that he absolutely loves them and wants to play with them.”

Not only is he well-suited for playful, active children, but he gets along well with other dogs. Denny said that his previous owners said he played well with cats but has acted strangely around them at the shelter.

“He’s been around male dogs, female dogs and cats,” Denny said. “We tested him here for cats and he acted too aggressive so we didn’t let the cat out of the crate. So we’re saying ‘no’ on cats.”

Tonto has some preferences when it comes to expending his physical energy.

“He loves chewy toys and stuffed animals,” said Denny.

Tonto is housebroken, as he was mostly an indoor dog during his time with his previous owners. He hasn’t received any obedience training, but does know how to sit, stay and shake.

Denny asked that prospective owners consider him.

“He needs to get a home,” she said. “He’s a great dog and I think he’s just here because he’s a pit bull, I really do… He just loves to play… He’s a good boy.”

Tonto is in great health, Denny said, noting that he eats a normal diet and has no medical problems that the Humane Society is aware of.

“I just want to lie down and play with him,” Denny said. “I try not to let my attachments get to me, but they do.”

Contact staff writer Nathan Budryk at 540-465-5137 ext. 155, or nbudryk@nvdaily.com