However, in August 2017, Duke’s family contacted the GCSPCA to ask if they would take him back. Despite their description of him being a “wonderful family member” and that he “seemed to fall in love with their three young girls,” the adopters noticed he had become possessive of his toys and “less tolerant” of the children after two and a half years with them. They feared for the safety of their children after he allegedly nipped at one of them.
“Honestly, I don’t think [the adopters were] mean to Duke in any way, but I think they totally neglected his needs,” Griner said. “I also think that they failed to try and help him as they never reached out to [the GCSPCA or me] for help. As they dumped him [back with the rescue] they simply said, ‘Good luck.’”