Valley rescue group seeks home for Skeeball, partially blind dog

By John W. Goodwin Jr.


Mary Louk and members of Legacy Dog Rescue have been instrumental in finding homes for dozens of dogs in the Youngstown area and now are looking for a special person to provide a home for a dog with special needs.

The McDonald Street Fair last July had more than the usual fair food, games and excited children. Quietly hanging around the Skeeball game watching fairgoers pass was a 45-pound mixed-breed dog looking for a little attention.

Louk said a group of young girls noticed the dog and also noticed that he did not seem to belong to anyone at the fair.

“These girls spend time at the animal-rescue mission and just saw him hanging around the Skeeball machine, so they started asking questions, and no one seemed to know anything about him or wanted to be bothered dealing with him,” Louk said.

The girls took the dog, aptly named Skeeball, and started making calls to find the dog a home, but there was a problem. Skeeball had visi- ble issues with one of his eyes.

Skeeball was taken to one of the members of Legacy Dog Rescue, and the group took him to a veterinarian who determined the dog was blind in one eye.

“He has no vision in his right eye, and it is not going to get better. The veterinarian feels he was hit with something very hard in that eye. There was definitely some very hard trauma to that eye,” Louk said.

Skeeball has had treatment for the eye, been neutered and is cleared for adoption, but still no one has come forward to give Skeeball a home. Louk believes it is because he has special needs.

“No one is giving Skeeball a second look. He is special-needs, but we, as a rescue group, have offered to take care of his eye for the remainder of his life. We just want to get him into a home,” Louk added. “He is an absolutely wonderful dog. He needs a special person.”

The dog has been living with Missy Poli in her home, but if Poli is unable to keep Skeeball for an extended period of time, he could be placed in an emergency shelter.

Louk said the rescue group does not euthanize dogs, but she does not want to see Skeeball placed in a shelter for any period of time.

Poli said Skeeball has been in her home for six months. She wants him to find a permanent home suitable to his needs.

“He gets around great. I tend to forget that he cannot see out of his right eye,” she said. “I will be very sad to see him go, but I have four dogs of my own or I would keep him in a heartbeat.”

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