The video went viral online and was picked up by dozens of people taking an interest in Rocco.But it was Preethi Pillaipakkam, who fosters dogs through DFW German Shepherd Rescue, a volunteer rescue organisation in Texas, who got to the shelter first to give Rocco a new lease on life.After picking Rocco up from the shelter, Ms Pillaipakkam told The Dodo Rocco was considerably underweight.
She claimed the 3-year-old dog should weight around 85 to 90 pounds but only weighed in at 60.
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Rocco in Texas' dog shelter, scared and nervous (Image: INSTAGRAM)Rocco in Preethi Pillaipakkam's car (Image: INSTAGRAM)
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He even hid beneath the seat in the car. He was pacing a bit and seemed very stressed
She said Rocco was visibly “very stressed” when she picked him up.
She added: “The shelter is certainly not the environment for a dog like Rocco.
“He was very timid and scared to get into the car.
“He even hid beneath the seat in the car. He was pacing a bit and seemed very stressed.”Rocco’s new mum said he was nervous when he arrived in his new home.Rocco with his new owner Preethi Pillaipakkam (Image: INSTAGRAM)
She added the dog walked around his new surroundings in a state of confusion.
But Ms Pillaipakkam’s other German Shepherd, Katja, helped Rocco perk up by the first weekend.
Rocco’s new owner said: “He slowly started exploring the house.
“He loves the couches and his doggy beds, and he really likes squeaky toys and tennis balls. He is a really good fetcher.”DON'T MISS: Dog smashed out of boiling car after being inside for THREE HOURS [VIDEO]Dog warning: Pet owners told to stop walks as bulldog collapses [WARNING]Millions of drivers ignored dogs left in cars on a hot day risking ... [LATEST]Rocco happy in his new home with Preethi Pillaipakkam (Image: INSTAGRAM)
Ms Pillaipakkam wants Rocco’s story to inspire people to adopt big dogs, left in shelters more often than smaller animals.
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She explained: “The top reasons for large dogs to be given away typically include a change in the family situation, so this could be a move, a kid, a marriage, a divorce or any such factors.”
She added: “Ideally, we would like to see Rocco placed in a new home around mid-September. We wanted to give him at least a week or two [here first] to ensure he feels safe.”
Since the viral video, Rocco’s Instagram page has gathered over 6,000 followers.