“The man who returned her said she was too nice,” Karen Hirsch, public relations director for the shelter, told The Dodo. “It was obvious the gentleman was looking for a guard dog. He also suggested she be adopted by a woman ‘because they are more into that petting stuff.’”
The shelter has seen pets surrendered for many reasons, but said this may be the strangest one yet. Although Helena clearly loves spending time with people, she shows no signs of having separation anxiety, Hirsch said. Her prior owner seemed to have only been originally interested in her due to the “tough dog” stereotypes surrounding pit bulls.